Crows are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series. They are small, dark birds similar to their real-life counterparts, but are dangerous and aggressive, lying in wait to swoop down on passing travelers. They are also known for stealing shiny items such as Keys and Rupees. They are closely related to Takkuri and Dacto. They first appeared in A Link to the Past.
In most games the behavior of a Crow is the same; upon entering the territory of a Crow, the bird will swoop down at high speed in an attempt to ward Link off. Though these intimidating, a couple of swipes of Link's blade is usually enough to destroy them; the difficulty is hitting them. If Link fails to defeat them, they will usually give up their assault, but they may return for a second swoop, hounding Link for a short while.
In Link's Awakening, one Crow found in the grounds of Kanalet Castle will not attack Link unless provoked; this is because it has stolen one of Prince Richard's Golden Leaves. Link must strike the tree it is hiding in with a rock and defeat the bird to retrieve the leaf.
The Minish Cap
In The Minish Cap a similar event plays out. When Link visits Dampé, he receives the gate key needed to open the door to the graveyard. When he exits the house, a Crow swoops down, steals the key, and retreats to its nest. Link must travel to and destroy the Crow's nest, making sure to steal the key back from the mischievous bird. In this game, Takkuri appears as a red variant of a Crow that will steal Rupees.
|Crow & Takkuri (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
Crow & Takkuri
|Appear in various areas. The black one is Crow. If you touch Takkuri, he will steal Rupees from you, so be careful.|
- Dactos in A Link to the Past are the Dark World counterpart of Crows that inhabit the Light World.
- Guays play a similar role to Crows in the 3D adventures, such as Ocarina of Time and Skyward Sword. In Skyward Sword they are very similar in appearance to Crows.
|Names in Other Regions|
|FrenchEU||Corbos||A play on "Corbeaux", meaning Crow|
|German||Peckra||A play on "to peck" and "Rabe" (Raven)|
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 172 (ALttP | LA | OoS | OoA | TMC | PH | ST | ALBW | TFH)