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Scary footage shows hundreds of crows gathering at a car park in Texas in scenes reminiscent of a horror movie. Video was posted of the crows perched on tops of several cars outside a Walmart store in Houston, Texas.

The rare sighting happened on December 14 and footage was posted with the caption: 'As temperatures dropped into the freezing digits, tens of thousands of crows congregate and tailgate at a Wal-Mart carpark. They are all over the place.'

In it the man taking the video can be heard saying: 'Car washes will make some money now. They're on every car. The crows, which are familiar over much of the continent, can be heard cawing loudly and seem to be unfazed by people nearby.

'Ching ching thanks to the birds.' The birds are first seen flocking around and sitting on top of cars.

However towards the end of the footage, they can be seen taking flight in a westerly direction, before returning to the cars and shoppers are seen in the back pushing trolleys out of the store.

The scenes were reminiscent of the Alfred Hithcock movie 'The Birds' which was made in 1963.


Corvus is a widely distributed genus of medium-sized to large birds in the family Corvidae. The genus includes species commonly known as crows, ravens and rooks; there is no consistent distinction between "crows" and "ravens", and these appellations have been assigned to different species chiefly on the basis of their size, crows generally being smaller than ravens.


The 45 or so members of this genus occur on all temperate continents except South America, and several islands. The crow genus makes up a third of the species in the family Corvidae. The members appear to have evolved in Asia from the corvid stock, which had evolved in Australia. The collective name for a group of crows is a "flock" or a "murder". The genus name is Latin for "raven".


Recent research has found some crow species capable of not only tool use, but also tool construction. Crows are now considered to be among the world's most intelligent animals with an encephalization quotient equal to that of many non-human primates.


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Responses to "Hundreds of crows gathering at a car park in Texas"

  1. Amazing! Wonder what drew them to that location vs anywhere else?!!
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  2. Anonymous says:

    Not crows, not corvids at all. These are grackles, part of the Icterid family.

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