They kind of look prehistoric too.
We love watching Sandhill cranes. Been up to Creamer's Field in Fairbanks a couple of times where there are a ton of sandhills certain times of the year. Also seen them in Homer. Back in the day, they used to darken the sky in Nebraska along the Platte River (in the sandhills where they get their name from.)
Ravens are even smarter than crows, I think.