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This Reddit Thread About A Woman Who Accidentally Created An Army Of Crows Is The Best Bird Story You'll Read Today. A viral thread, shared on Reddit's r/legaladvice and resurfacing on Twitter, raised the question of whether you can get in trouble for inciting crows to attack others.

This Reddit Thread About A Woman Who Accidentally Created An Army Of Crows Is The Best Bird Story You'll Read Today

Redditor u/cranne inquired about whether she would be held legally responsible if crows that she was taking care of, which suddenly became her bodyguards, attacked people. "Am I liable if my murder attempts murder? " Guy Built A Bird Feeder That Accepts Bottle Caps For Food, And These Wild Magpies Love It. It’s mind-blowing to see animals learn meaningful tricks.

Guy Built A Bird Feeder That Accepts Bottle Caps For Food, And These Wild Magpies Love It

Smartest Birds: How Smart Are Crows Compared to Humans? In a study, crows performed a complex task that involved hundreds of firing sensory analytical neurons.

Smartest Birds: How Smart Are Crows Compared to Humans?

Crows can do jobs, share knowledge, and even ritualistically mourn their dead.What this new study suggests is still being interpreted in the scientific community. In what now feels like an annual update, crows are even more surprisingly smart than we thought. But do they have true consciousness? New research shows that crows and other corvids "know what they know and can ponder the content of their own minds," according to STAT.

This is considered a cornerstone of self-awareness and shared by just a handful of animal species besides humans. In new research published in Science, German scientists put crows through a series of puzzling tasks. The task is simple, but involves some high-level brain stuff: How To Tell These Jerks Apart (Bonus Palate Cleanser) Crows Sometimes Have Sex With Their Dead. Why Crows Hold Noisy Funerals for Their Fallen Friends. The tale of the dodo is one of the most famous stories of extinction in all natural history.

Why Crows Hold Noisy Funerals for Their Fallen Friends

Native only to the tiny island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, the birds had never learned any reason to be fearful of humans, so when European explorers first began to visit the island in the 17th century, the dodos were apparently so unsuspecting they could be picked up by hand straight from the wild and killed. Although the dodo was never a particularly numerous species (the fact that it was flightless made it susceptible to floods and forest fires, which apparently kept its population naturally low), within less than a century of its discovery, interference by humans had led to its extinction.

But it's by no means alone—the stories behind the disappearance of 10 other creatures are listed here. A Roman mosaic of the extinct Atlas bear. The Picture Art Collection / Alamy Stock Photo Hulton Archive, Getty Images Rob Stothard, Getty Images. When two raven species become one. On the outside, all ravens look the pretty much the same.

When two raven species become one

But deep inside, their DNA tells a different story. Nevermore, or Tomorrow? Ravens Can Plan Ahead. We have long known that ravens are no birdbrains.

Nevermore, or Tomorrow? Ravens Can Plan Ahead

They have been spotted caching food for later, gathering string to pull up hanging food and even trying to deceive one another. A study published today in Science adds an especially impressive twist: Ravens can plan for future needs that they never encounter in nature, suggesting intelligence may arise predictably from conditions that occurred multiple times across the tree of life. The new study was led by Mathias Osvath, a cognitive zoologist at Lund University in Sweden, and graduate student Can Kabadayi.

The pair replicated a series of experiments previously used to test apes’ planning abilities, this time using ravens. Ravens. May 2010 Reasons for singling out humans as somehow "special" and fundamentally more highly evolved than other animals keep on getting torn down by science.

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Many examples are out there, even from the past year or two. Honeybees have a limited visual sense of numbers.Dogs have a sense of justice.Mosquitofish can explicitly count.Parasitic wasps can learn to exploit the antiaphrodisiac chemical of butterflies for successful parasitism. Clearly, humans aren't as special as we sometimes think we are. Amazing Raven intelligence test - Clever Critters - BBC Animals. Ravenmania - Nevermore! Ravens have paranoid, abstract thoughts about other minds.

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Ravens have paranoid, abstract thoughts about other minds

Why Neuroscientists Need to Study the Crow. The animals of neuroscience research are an eclectic bunch, and for good reason.

Why Neuroscientists Need to Study the Crow

Different model organisms—like zebra fish larvae, C. elegans worms, fruit flies, and mice—give researchers the opportunity to answer specific questions. Ravens Know When Food-Thieving Rivals Are Watching. In Norse mythology, two ravens named Huginn and Munnin — "Thought" and "Memory" — employ these faculties as Odin's emissaries, acting as the god's eyes and ears on Earth and reporting back to him about whatever they observe.

Ravens Know When Food-Thieving Rivals Are Watching

Even in common ravens, problem-solving, decision-making and remembering past experiences are traits that scientists recognize as highly developed. Cat Picks On Crow, Gets Trollololololed Instead. How to Tell a Raven From a Crow. Australian Magpie Playing. 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? Secret Life of Crows(full documentary)HD. 8-Year-Old Girl Receives Gifts From The Crows She’s Been Feeding Since She Was 4.