“My colleague, Patrick Chua, took a video of this adult house crow (Corvus splendens) at his Housing and Development Board residence. When he informed me of this unusual phenomenon, I requested to see the video. I couldn’t believe what I saw next.
“This is a full grown crow that not only takes food from the hand but also allows a complete stranger to scratch its head.
“Patrick Chua told me that he has not kept the bird and sees it roosting on a low hedge along the sheltered area of his HDB void deck. Someone actually is feeding this crow and it has lost all fear of close human contact. What I found interesting is how it acquired that bold attitude and was it raised as a chick and later abandoned?
“It does fly from time to time but somehow always return to roost at the same low lying hedge and sometimes low trees surrounding the void deck area.
“This is my first time seeing this happening with a wild crow or any bird species for that matter. For the most part, wild birds here will take what you feed but not from your hands, let alone allow you to scratch its head. Indeed an interesting phenomenon.
8th April 2012