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A Different Kind of Smart. Zola the crow is about to face a test that has baffled animals from canaries to dogs.

A Different Kind of Smart

New Caledonian crows, sometimes called the second most sophisticated tool­making species on the planet, work wonders with twigs and leaf strips. But certain simple tasks (as people see it) baffle them. Mick Sibley/Univ. of Auckland PULL-UPS | In a classic puzzle for testing problem solving, a treat dangles from a string too long for a bird or other animal to haul up in one go. Some birds solve it the first time, stepping on the string to anchor it after each pull until the treat hangs within reach (top).

Language of the American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos. For the latest crow news, click here.

Language of the American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos.

Featured Reports POSTED: November 15, 2011 Available Now! The Language of Crows: The book of the American crow. Spirit Walk Ministry - Bird Animal Spirits. Albatross,-- Stamina and endurance, ability to remain in emotional situations for extended periods of time, awkward yet effective beginnings and endings, seeing the benefits of extended parenting Anhinga,-- The advantages of keeping wet, not wildly flapping to get somewhere, patiently waiting for the opportunity to spear your quarry Bee Eater -- Ability to see auras, use of color in healing, capture of moving objects, ability to dig to find answers Bird of Paradise -- Extravagant and elaborate thoughts.

Spirit Walk Ministry - Bird Animal Spirits

On the positive side, it can symbolize lightness, closeness to God, and removal from worldly concerns. Blackbird,,-- A guide to understanding energies of Mother Earth. Red Wing Blackbird -- A slow learner who can adapt quickly to new situations. Crow Brings the Daylight: From Canadian folklore at Americanfolklore. An Inuit Myth retold by S.

Crow Brings the Daylight: From Canadian folklore at Americanfolklore

E. Schlosser Long, long ago, when the world was still new, the Inuit lived in darkness in their home in the fastness of the north. Yet many of the younger folk were fascinated by the story of the light that gilded the lands to the south. "Imagine how far and how long we could hunt," they told one another.

"Yes, and see the polar bear before it attacks," others agreed. The crow. The crow1. Crow. A crow goes tobogganing using a plastic lid. What Can Crows and Ravens Teach People About Resisting Temptation? Crows Are Even Smarter Than We Thought Possible  10 Fascinating Facts About Ravens. Edgar Allan Poe knew what he was doing when he used the raven instead of some other bird to croak out “nevermore” in his famous poem. The raven has long been associated with death and dark omens, but the real bird is somewhat of a mystery.

Unlike its smaller cousin the crow, not a lot has been written about this remarkable bird. Here are 10 fascinating facts about ravens. 1. Ravens are one of the smartest animals. When it comes to intelligence, these birds rate up there with chimpanzees and dolphins. If a raven knows another raven is watching it hide its food, it will pretend to put the food in one place while really hiding it in another. 2. In captivity, ravens can learn to talk better than some parrots. 3. Many European cultures took one look at this large black bird with an intense gaze and thought it was evil in the flesh … er, feather.

8-Year-Old Girl Receives Gifts From The Crows She’s Been Feeding Since She Was 4. Every once in a while, Gabi Mann, an 8-year-old girl who lives in Seattle, gets a small, special gift delivered to her home.

8-Year-Old Girl Receives Gifts From The Crows She’s Been Feeding Since She Was 4

She saves every one she can because they’re from a very special group of friends – the local crow population, which brings her shiny trinkets as gifts in thanks for feeding them since she was 4. These ‘gifts’ consist of buttons, LEGO pieces, scraps of metal, and even a heart-shaped bead. Once, Gabi even got a piece of metal with the word “best” on it. They might not seem like much, but they are Gabi’s most valuable collection. More info: BBC When 8-year-old Gabi fed the crows in her neighborhood… …they began to thank her with gifts! How to Tell a Raven From a Crow. This story comes to you through a partnership between Audubon and BirdNote, a show that airs daily on public radio stations nationwide.

How to Tell a Raven From a Crow

Go here to hear the podcast. The Secret Lives of Tool-Wielding Crows. What's the best way to find out what crows living in the South Pacific really do when people aren't watching?

The Secret Lives of Tool-Wielding Crows

Equip them with mini-cameras and have them make their own home-, er, nest-movies, of course. University of Oxford zoologists are hoping that this hands-off approach to studying New Caledonian crows—aka Corvus moneduloides—will lead to a wealth of information about these infamous aviators, known to be one of the few nonhuman species to use tools to accomplish daily tasks.

These birds are particularly difficult to observe in their natural habitat, because they are sensitive to human disturbance and live in forested, mountainous areas of New Caledonia—a Pacific island east of Australia, roughly the size of New Jersey—where visibility is limited. But researchers report in the online edition of Science that they captured on video the birds using sticks, grass and stems to forage for food. "One of our main goals with this was to observe natural, undisturbed behavior," Rutz says. Secret Life of Crows(full documentary)HD. Samselcrows. NO ONE TALKS TO CROWS by Lynn Samsel c. 2005 ============================= No one I know talks to crows the way I do. Probably no one listens to them either. Perhaps, somewhere else, someone I don't know does converse with the corvids. But nobody else I know sets out peanut butter to catch their attention, or freezes in wonder when one sets its heavy-body fuselage down on the deck.