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A Murder of Crows. Crows are members of the Corvidae family, which also includes ravens, magpies, and blue jays.

A Murder of Crows

Loud, rambunctious, and very intelligent, crows are most often associated with a long history of fear and loathing. They are considered pests by farmers trying to protect their crops and seedlings. How Crows Recognize Individual Humans, Warn Others, and Are Basically Smarter Than You. Talking Pied Crow Asks People Passing By on Street ‘Y’alright Love?’ in a Strong Yorkshire Accent. 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? " she quipped. 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

Sure, a dog who can bring you a beer from the fridge is awesome too, but in today’s world, you gotta start thinking bigger than that. Hans Forsberg works with robotics on industrial applications for artificial intelligence and had an idea on how he could put his knowledge and the family of wild birds living in his backyard to good use. So, he trained the friendly neighborhood magpies to recycle bottle caps in exchange for food using a machine he built from scratch.

Magpies are pretty smart as birds go—so smart in fact that they now set an example with recycling trash Image credits: Hans Forsberg. 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. 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. 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. The ravens were first taught to use a stone to knock a food pellet out of a puzzle box. The birds performed almost as well when they had to give an experimenter a bottle cap in exchange for a piece of food.

The results have important ramifications for the evolution of intelligence. 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.


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. Getty Images.

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. The first two, for example, have transparent bodies, which let scientists easily peer into their brains; the last two have eminently tweakable genomes, which allow scientists to isolate the effects of specific genes. For cognition studies, researchers have relied largely on primates and, more recently, rats, which I use in my own work. 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. 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. This story comes to you through a partnership between Audubon and BirdNote, a show that airs daily on public radio stations nationwide. 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? 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.

Secret Life of Crows(full documentary)HD. 8-Year-Old Girl Receives Gifts From The Crows She’s Been Feeding Since She Was 4.