Say “Hello” to Yvonne! And that is “Crazy,” her female Hooded Crow (Corvus Cornix). Yvonne lives in Locarno, Switzerland, and she found Crazy lying in a heap on the ground in the Spring of 2009. Crazy had a “Scissor Beak,” (a condition where the upper beak is not straight and does not meet correctly over the lower beak.) and a malformed leg. Yvonne and her boyfriend took Crazy to an Avian Vet who repaired her leg and after three days she went home with Yvonne. Crazy might have gotten tossed out of her nest due to her malformations or she might have gotten blown out. No one knows. No matter, Crazy most likely wouldn’t have made it if it weren’t for Yvonne. As it stands, Crazy has a beautiful home and gets lots of time with her family. Obviously Crazy is one smart bird! Crows are smart and not only use tools but they can make them. Check out this video of a crow bending a wire to fish out an object in a tube:
She loves playing with the toys Yvonne provides for her.
Apparently, she adjusted to living with humans just fine and adores playing with Yvonne’s hair.
Crazy gets a ton of attention from Yvonne and has that thing for toys. I wish my Grey, Pepper played as much as Crazy seems to:
Lots and lots of toys!
The little dude seems to be fond of paper:
I guess she just loves cheese! Well, that’s one thing my birds and Crazy have in common.
In the United States, wild birds are protected by most state laws, and you can be charged or fined for keeping a wild bird in captivity. But Crazy lives in Switzerland and with her scissor beak and all, I doubt very much Crazy would manage on her own in the wild, so she’s better off where she is. Crazy is quite popular on Facebook because, well, not everyone has a crow, you know.
May 28, 2010 at 10:13 am
I think Yvonne and Crazy ARE WONDERFUL!
May 28, 2010 at 10:31 am
Aren’t they? This was a delightful post to put together!
May 28, 2010 at 10:36 am
Wonderful, thank you Patricia
May 28, 2010 at 11:12 am
It was my pleasure!
May 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm
Hi Crazy! It’s your FB friend, Bart! You’re a star and it looks like you’ve got the run of the house!
May 28, 2010 at 2:28 pm
So glad you stopped by to visit your friend Crazy. I think “Parrot Nation” is turning into the “People Magazine” of the bird world!
May 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm
Yvonne’s love for all creatures is inspirational. Thanks to her, we all have been given an opportunity to meet, know, and love Crazy the crow, and to gain an entirely new perspective on sharing our lives with a FID. Thank you for sharing.
May 28, 2010 at 2:27 pm
It was a wonderful post to create. Loved this one!
May 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm
That’s my sweet friend Yvonne and yes, she IS the most loving, compassionate soul that you would ever hope to meet! Her and Crazy are so lucky to have each other! ❤ ❤ ❤
May 28, 2010 at 4:29 pm
I have a sizzor beak Jardine and have to trim the beak every month or so, so that he can eat. Can you have the vet show you how to do it?
May 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm
I’m sure a Vet could show you how to do it. But I would probably have a Vet or a professional groomer do it just to be safe, Barbara! However that’s just me.
May 28, 2010 at 5:16 pm
A really great article, and funny! Loved all the photos, too, it really made the article an even better treat! Yvonne and Crazy are great! If you need another subject for a story, Poppy, my European Starling, has one wild tale to tell! He is on Facebook under Poppy the bird!
May 29, 2010 at 6:44 am
UP THE CRAZY CROW! I LOVE CRAZY AND SHE IS WELCOME ON “SHOW OFF YOUR FIDS” ANYTIME.
May 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm
Thanks so much to Corinne with beautiful Charlie Too & her flock for the link to this blog and for Patricia thanks so much for this great article! I could not believe my eyes when I first saw pics of Crazy with Yvonne and the special bond that they have with each other. I never realized how intelligent crows are and that they can be domesticated. I always enjoy seeing pics of Yvonne with Crazy. Yvonne is beautiful both inside and out and has such a special gift of communicating with animals & birds. I also enjoy seeing pics of my good friend Louise who also has a special gift and her crows and now beautiful raven. There are so many wonderful bird lovers and enthusiasts on facebook that I have continue to gain knowledge from each day. I look forward to seeing Poppy the European starling also.