Recently Forest Ang visited the World Heritage site of Ayutthaya in Thailand and was surprised to see three crows with garlands round their necks (above). They look like the Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos) and appear to have been “mist-netted and ringed”!
Is the Large-billed Crow sacred in Thailand? Are there Thais who venerate crows?
“Strangely, I did not see any living crows,” wrote Forest. “Anybody can provide an explaination?”
Note: Crows are often associated with the underworld. They are also considered harbingers of doom. Their black plumage and unnerving calls that can spread fear among people can be the reason of these beliefs. Also, being scavengers, they have been seen in battlefields feeding on the dead. In Hinduism, they are considered manifestations of bad tidings, like impending death. in Buddhism, they are regarded as defenders of Dharma (religious beliefs and practices).