I know, it's a loaded topic, and it can sway into territories of rejection, but I am decidedly curious. Might be corvid nature of my own, wanting to poke at it to see if it bites, or it might be my psittacine side, the part that would chew right through the perch I'm standing on because chewing is fun. (Doubt the hummingbird has much to do with it.) And I know that it's been explored over and over in other therian circles, but I'm interested to see if here, among the avian, any parallels can be drawn, and if there are any concepts made clearer in this group.
So, what are your thoughts? Are there lines of parallels between the raptors and corvids (the latter almost exclusively raven or crow) to the canines and felines due to their charismatic predator status (or pseudostatus)? Is this because we get more exposure to animals such as these and therefore have the deck in our favor for feeling out an identity? Or is it just because that's the way it is? :>
So, then. Some identifiers are more common than others. More people identify with wolves and big cats in the therian community in general, and among us avian types, more people identify with raptors or corvids. But...why is this? Where's the similarities? Is it the charismatic predator fallacy at play, making us more inclined to want to share kinship with something admired, or is it just because the people who identify as gulls, wrens, woodpeckers, and oropendolas find it harder to get in touch with that feeling?