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Date: 06/11/13 05:07 PM

12 Responses to Crow Thinks It`s A Rooster

  1. Profile photo of LikeIGiveASh
    LikeIGiveASh Female 13-17
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    June 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm
    Link: Crow Thinks It`s A Rooster - This crow can really crow! Should we tell him he is supposed to `caw`?
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    ak2nc1 Female 18-29
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    June 11, 2013 at 6:32 pm
    Is that a mockingbird that just happened to hear a rooster?
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    June 11, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    mynah bird
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    June 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm
    That`s a crow all right--a Russian crow, which has some gray plumage mixed in with the black (see photo below).

    A fairly recent development in biology is the realization, from brain studies and behavioral experiments, that corvids (crows, ravens, and rooks) are among the world`s smartest animals. From brain anatomy, it`s becoming clear that crows have the ability to reason and do simple arithmetic--and have memories, fears, jealousies, hopes, and a sense of play.

    A great book on the topic is Gifts of the Crow by Marzluff and Angell.

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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    June 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm
    corvids (crows, ravens, and rooks) are among the world`s smartest animals

    @Squrlz4: I`ve come across that notion several times. I`ve seen a LOT of support for it as well. The more we humans study them? The smarter they look!

    Particularly: Rooks and Ravens (friggin smart!)... but all the other corvids too.
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    stk5m Male 18-29
    322 posts
    June 11, 2013 at 11:31 pm
    Thank god they don`t have thumbs
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    June 12, 2013 at 1:32 am
    When I type `cock` it comes up as `rooster`.
    Does this crow that think it`s a rooster or a rooster?
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
    5879 posts
    June 12, 2013 at 1:33 am
    `cock` = rooster does this work for `drat` I wonder...
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    June 12, 2013 at 1:34 am
    Apparently not.
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    Wendypants Female 30-39
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    June 12, 2013 at 5:18 am
    Thanks for the pic Squrlz4Sale, that`s a beautiful bird! (I`ll keep an eye out for the book.) And thanks for the neat link, stk5m!
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    richanddead Male 18-29
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    June 12, 2013 at 7:21 am
    @Squrlz4Sale: You`re right on all counts. Crows also have the ability to imitate other birds, sort of like a parrot. They can even say human words if you train them or they hear it enough. Other birds have this talent as well, like starlings.

    I guess thats why they make good detectives.



    Crows are also very social and have even been known to call other crows to feeding locations and post lookouts to protect the feeding flock.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    June 12, 2013 at 9:12 am
    @ Richanddead: Thanks, and agreed.

    Quick story: Shortly after reading Marzluff and Angell, I started feeding a family of four crows during my lunch hour at work. I got to know them and their behaviors really well. One evening on my way home, I stopped off at a local grocery store 5 minutes from my job. As I was walking in the store`s parking lot, I heard a "caw caw caw" attention call, turned around, and there was my flock, following me as I walked to the store by hopping from lamppost to lamppost. This store was apparently part of their home turf (crows like supermarket dumpsters) and they`d recognized me when I got out of my car. There were probably 40 people in the parking lot at that moment, and they`d recognized me right off the bat. Astounding.

    From the way the crow in this video is swiveling his head after each rooster call, I`m convinced he`s either doing this to mess with the humans out of a sense of mischief or he`s showing off his new trick.

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