I don’t know what to think about House Crows anymore. They have become the cockroaches of birds. But it isn’t indicative of their statuses as unpleasant vermin. It just reflects my biases about certain creatures based on personal experiences.
I have always been katsaridaphobic. The reason being that cockroaches go out of their way to strike fear in my heart. They have charged me on several occasions. Maybe it’s all in my head. But I believe that cockroaches attack me without provocation. Especially those with wings. It’s like they can smell my fear and they want more of it.
Lately, I have begun to think that I might be corvidophobic too. I blame it on almost having my eyes plucked out on a few occasions.
House Crows or Grey-Necked Crows have constantly picked on me. They have even harassed me on terraces of buildings I have worked in. They whiz past my ears from different directions, with malice.
Even on my terrace at home, they threaten me They don’t leave me alone for five seconds when I am up there. They might be protective and territorial. But why aren’t they bothering my neighbours? Why do they think that I alone put them in clear and present danger?
I can’t hate them. House Crows play a vital role in urban societies. Their roles as garbage disposers and unpaid pest removal squads can’t be ignored. Plus they are really intelligent. Their scientific second name – Splendens, in Latin, means “brilliant”. Many have documented their behaviour to prove that they are.
I don’t love them either. The Indian House Crows have become an invasive species. They ruthlessly invade, not just to sustain their lineage but to prove their dominance too. Plus, they can be bullies.
They have even started wreaking havoc in Mombasa – a coastal city in Kenya.
Only one other invasive species that I know of that possesses similar traits. But it walks on two legs. It goes out of the way to screw things up in Africa . And doesn’t realize how much noisy, intrusive and aggressive it is.
Fool me once – shame on you.
Fool me twice and it’s on me.
But if it happens again,
we can start anew, and
blame the rest on the world
and all its petty rules.