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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bird Tales

A couple of wildlife stories caught my eye today.

The first is that young sparrows seem to learn to sing by listening to other birds.

The other is that Magpies feel grief and hold 'funeral services'.

Apparently Magpies hold funeral-type gatherings for dead birdsd and lay grass "wreaths" beside their bodies according to Dr Bekoff, of the University of Colorado.

Dr Bekoff said he studied four magpies alongside a magpie corpse and recorded their behaviour.

One approached the corpse, gently pecked at it, just as an elephant would nose the carcase of another elephant, and stepped back. Another magpie did the same thing, "

Next, one of the magpies flew off, brought back some grass and laid it by the corpse. Another magpie did the same. Then all four stood vigil for a few seconds and one by one flew off.

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oldcrow61 said...

This doesn't surprise me at all. Have you ever heard of a court of crows. They actually hold court if one has done something wrong. The accused is in the middle of a circle of crows and his bad act is judged. If he is found guilty, he's driven off, if found innocent he's allowed to stay with the group. A farmer I worked for not only read about this but actually saw it.

ShySongbird said...

I was going to tell you the same as OC has! I really think there is so much about birds and animals in general that we have yet to discover.