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Roztoky (Czech Republic)

Praha-zapad okres, Central Bohemian region

Last modified: 2002-06-14 by jarig bakker
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Roztoky town flag

[Roztoky flag] by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 11 May 2002, after image by Petr Exner; flag adopted 12 Mar 1992

The real flag may have finer details of the crow's plumage.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 17 May 2001

According to "La Faune de France", published by the National Museum of Natural History in 1992, the only member of the family Corvidae with a red beak and feet is the Red-billed Chough "Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax", in French "crave á bec rouge", which is neither a crow nor a raven (both are members of the Corvus genus). A more common "Pyrrhocorax" is P. graculus, with a yellow beak ("chocard á bec jaune" - not to be confused with "choucas", the jackdaw, which is another Corvus), common in the mountains.
Ivan Sache, 11 May 2002

Petr Exner's VexLex 1991-1994 has "černá vraná s červenou zbroji" = black crow armed red. Mind you: that is a *heraldic* committee giving the prescriptions, not the *ornithological* committee. And perhaps it is to keep the Roztoky crow-painter busy...
Jarig Bakker, 12 May 2002

Crows and ravens are among the animals the ethologists prefer. Very serious study have shown that crows and ravens have extremely complicated social structures and seem to be able to lie and feign. Therefore, I guess the crow used by the Roztoky crow-painter as a living model dripped its beak and feet in red paint in order to spoof in the painter (who was probably busy with a more interesting model).
Ivan Sache, 12 May 2002

Roztoky town CoA

[Roztoky town CoA] image from this website, spotted by Jarig Bakker, 25 Sep 2001

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