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Sheer nerve, character and intelligence have earned ravens a place in myth and legend, everywhere in the world where they are found. But they are also creatures of the heart – when they find a mate, they bond for life. This film premiered December 16, 2001.

  • Benjamin

    great video. very educational. i never knew ravens were so intelligent, i think they just became my favorite birds. ravens are so widespread and that goes to show how successful and adaptable they can be. amazing animals!

  • Rose

    I really enjoyed the video. Learned a lot about ravens. I never knew they were so intelligent or Mischievous and comical . always has fascination with them, they are very amazing birds.

  • rachel

    I would have preferred an episode without such profuse anthropomorphizing.

  • Ryan

    I knew about Ravens and their intelligence, but this made me enjoy their presence here on earth. but…..I hate the narrator and the beginning was a bit corny!

  • Veronica

    I loved this program. It was very educational and interesting.

  • Leslie

    David Attenborough is one of the most respected NATURE hosts. Rachel’s comment sounds like her own anthropomorphizing. I don’t find a hint of it in the video itself. Truly fascinating video.

  • bagofcandy

    I stopped watching after the first few minutes. Couldn’t get thru the music and history re-enactments and mythology song.

  • Greg Daniels

    That was absolutely stunning! Thank you so much! I had no idea at how smart and playful these adaptive birds are.

  • vkaras

    I have always had a special fascination with and connection to ravens…now I know why. I truly enjoyed this presentation and may even purchase it. Thank you.

  • john wagner

    Awesome! just wish there had been more on desert Ravens.Mohave county Az is full of them. Hey bagocandy better stick to Sponge Bob

  • Rhea Stewart

    The video was very enjoyable, but in the beginning it kept pausing for a short period of time. As the video continued, it seemed to maybe “warm up” anyway, I don’t know why, but the pauses stopped happening. I have a new Mac computer, so I don’t think it is my computer. Thank you for making these videos available to us! I guess this is some of my donations at work.

  • tinyfroglady

    bagofcandy missed a wonderful episode. The re-enactments and mythology were used appropriately to demonstrate the human history of our relationship with ravens. The “profuse anthropomorphizing” that rachel complains of seems to me soundly based in science. Ravens have proven themselves capable of similar human skills: problem-solving, logic, planning for the future (caching), and play. Who is to say that they are “enjoying” playing in the snow or doing airborne acrobatics, but it sure looks like it.

  • Xcorps

    Just watched the RAVENS video…TOP END production! Great shots, music-VO-and edits. They are such worldly creatures! Those shots of the birds rolling in the snow…very fun indeed! Give ‘em a snowboard to ride!
    Great job!

  • Marticus

    Admittedly I’m watching it before work periodically, but hoped for / didn’t notice any reference to Norse mythology. Although I suppose Rose named her raven Loki and all, haha.

    Altogether a great episode though – I really hope to have a raven one day.

  • Pei

    I love the album that forms the soundtrack to this video.. For those who are interested, the voice is Maddy’s, and the song is “Masts of Morrigan” off her “Ravenchild” album. :)

  • pei

    (let me clarify, the song at the beginning of the video, while Maddy Prior is talking.. :))

  • wolfbird

    brilliant! no one should good go w/o seeing this, let alone real raves!

  • Goody

    Absolutely “ASTONISHING”! What a great & amazing video. I’m in complete “Awe” of the Raven! Thanks Nature!!

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  • Nelson

    In watching this program, I have come to an appreciation of and love for the raven.

  • Janice Asher

    I thoroughly enjoyed this video.
    I became fascinated with Ravens when I noticed them following me along my daily run to the beach. It was apparent that they noticed me, recognized me, more and more each day. One day I stopped and sat down. Before long the tree in front me was filled with young ravens directing their attention toward me. I tried to make a Raven sound which prompted them to begin talking back. Honestly, they vocalized one at a time then waited for me to try and copy the sound, all the while maintaining eye contact.

  • Angelica

    I love my pet raven soooooooo much she is the best bird ever

  • Lupercus

    As an eight year-old kid, I once found a young crow-chick that had fallen out of its nest. Against my parents’ explicit desires, I sort-of raised her (she was a female, I was told by a helpful neighbor.) by first keeping her in the unused dove-till in our shed and by feeding her scraps.
    Technically she was not my pet, since I never locked her in and she was always free to come and go as she pleased, but she’s ride on my shoulder as I walked to and from school or rode my bicycle.
    Even though she found a crow-mate after two years, but she stuck around in the neighborhood.
    For five years thereafter, I was on occasion subjected to her trying to feed me worms and all kind of other crow delicacies into my ears.
    Also, she mimicked talking and sounds better than I have ever heard any parrot do and she regularly teased our cat and our dog by yelling out their name in a scolding voice that very closely sounded like my mum’s.
    Mum was regularly tricked by her imitating the sound of the telephone-ring and the door-bell.
    That confused the heck out of poor Wallace and Rex, not to mention Mum and amused us kids to no mean extent.
    When our family moved away, I later heard that she had adopted the girl next door, which whom I had been ’steady’ for a while as her human buddy.
    Sweet memories!

  • johnny r forsythe

    just blo fws me away how smart ravens are i rolled over when the raven stole the fishermans catch birds are my favorite animals feathers down

  • Das

    What a Remarkable Bird! I sure enjoyed this video. Thank you so much for making it~ Das

  • Jim Spiri

    the segment with the ravens harrassing the eagle reminds me of the novel by Larper Hee: To Mock a Killingbird!

  • Steven Black

    I disagree with the authors reasoning for why Ravens call out to other Ravens when they find a caucus as being uncharacteristic of animals and that it goes against Darwinism. It is quite logical, but not something humans Capitalists practice often. When you have excess food one day and someone else has none, if you share, they will hopefully share with you when they have excess and you have a need. You aren’t even losing anything because it is excess that will spoil. It is survival of the smartest or community. This way those who work together will be healthier than those who act individually. Ants do this and some societies do as well. It is most likely we didn’t grow our own food. In a sense, this is what they are doing, but not requiring something in immediate return.

  • James

    Historical re-enactments, Celtic music, goofy voice overs, and relentless anthropomorphism, an overall terrible program unequal to the raven.

  • lizz

    Ravens are amazing , they are not only beautiful but so smart. I have one in my neighborhood . My first thought was “oh no a raven”, but the more I researched I became amazed by this wonderful creature. we feed it when we can It just kind of roams the neighborhood. A truely amazing animal!!!!!

  • Foxtrack

    I loved this so much, I had bought the DVD to watch at anytime. I love ravens and the raven is one of my totems. Such a great program to watch and learn from about these highly intelligent birds.

  • Barsini

    I enjoyed the film, but the music was quite annoying. Would have enjoyed it much more without the music.

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