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The Caring Owl – The Owl Pages

October 9, 2011 Leave a comment

The Caring Owl – The Owl Pages.

The above link will take you to a nice set of pictures and a brief story about a rehabilitated owl that returns to its previous caretakers with gifts of food. It actually helps to feed other injured owls, and even tries to feed the cat and the wife…

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Wild birds talking!

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Wild birds talking! – ABC WA – Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Naturalists in Australia are reporting that wild cockatoos are producing human speech. The audio file is an interview with Martyn Robinson, a scientist from the Australian Museum. He discusses the reason behind the wild birds using human speech. Seems that pet birds escape and if they live long enough to move up the pecking order of a flock, the younger birds will mimic the speech of the older bird.

It’s well documented that mimicking birds like ravens, mockingbirds, and others have picked up sounds from the human environment and incorporated them into their calls. This includes car alarms, cell phones ringing, honking car horns, and the like. But finding wild birds mimicking human speech in the wild is something new.

Raven Shows Simple Tool Use

July 22, 2010 Leave a comment

YouTube – Most intelligent bird in the world! How did he make that?.

The above looks to be an experiment for intelligence.  Ravens have been known to use tools and this video clip shows a bird using a simple hook to remove a basket of food from a tube.

Over at TED Joshua Klein gave a talk about his experiments with Crows. Over time he trained wild crows to collect money and deposit it into a box that dispensed food.  In the video below he also talks about using birds to collect trash.