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The Language of Crows

One group of American eastern crows responds to recorded distress calls of French jackdaws, but another group does not. The more cosmopolitan life of the former may account for this difference

November 1, 1959 — Hubert and Mable Frings

The Secret Lives of Tool-Wielding Crows

Oxford University zoologists affix mini-cameras to New Caledonian crows to learn more about one of the few animals other than ourselves who use tools

October 4, 2007 — Larry Greenemeier

Crows Like My Pal George Aren’t Just Smart, They’re Also Jokers

Corvid cleverness is making news lately. Two of my favorite science writers, Sharon Begley and James Gorman, describe a variety of experiments--reported in PLOS One by researchers in New Zealand–in which crows mimic the hero of Aesop’s ancient fable “The Crow and the Pitcher.” By dropping objects into containers of water, crows raise the water’s [...]

April 16, 2014 — John Horgan

Editor's Selections: Brain and Gut, Aesop's Crows, Antipsychotic Drugs, and Psychopaths

Here are my Research Blogging Editor's Selections for this week. Your brain isn't alone in processing emotion - it needs your body, too! Find out how the brain and body interact in processing emotions at Bill Yates's blog Brain Posts: Brain and Gut in Processing Emotion Over at Inkfish, Elizabeth Preston hits another one outta' the park: Aesop's Crows Understand Physics, Literature Neuroskeptic points out that, "antipsychotic use in Canadian children and teens is rising dramatically - prescriptions more than doubled in just 4 years, from 2005 to 2009." Find out why: Young, Canadian and on Antipsychotics A handful of disorders have been hypothesized to involve a "disconnection," or a reduction in connectivity among brain areas.

December 20, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

Mathematical Games

Paradoxes dealing with birthdays, playing cards, coins, crows and red-haired typists

April 1, 1957 — Martin Gardner
Self-Controlled Crows Ace the Marshmallow Test

Self-Controlled Crows Ace the Marshmallow Test

Are four treats better than two? Not if you're a crow picking a favorite snack. Crows and ravens hold off on gobbling a tidbit when they can see a better one coming after a short wait.

March 10, 2014 — Jyoti Madhusoodanan

Crows take a look in the mirror

One question in an animal cognition is whether animals other than humans have the ability to recognise themselves. A classic way of testing this, established in 1970 by Gordon Gallup, is the `mirror test'.

September 20, 2011 — Felicity Muth

For The Love of Crows

I’m a huge fan of corvids. I watch and photograph them at every opportunity, and I can easily imagine a life wholly dedicated to, if not obsessed with, these charismatic, amazing, constantly fascinating birds. My experience with the vast majority of corvids (there are about 120 living species) is limited, but the good news is that there’s a nice diversity of these birds to know and love even here in the maritime fringes of north-western Europe.

October 29, 2015 — Darren Naish

Obscure, extravagant tropical crows

House crow (at left) by Priyanka Bansal; Tufted jay (at right) by Pete Morris. The word ‘crow’ typically conjures up an image of a reasonable large, typically black, typically unadorned passerine bird.

September 3, 2011 — Darren Naish

Snowboarding Crows: The Plot Thickens

On Friday, I quickly posted this video, which shows a crow - likely a hooded crow (thanks to a commenter at Andrew Revkin's Dot Earth blog for the ID) - appearing to "snowboard" down the roof of a Russian building, using a small object as a makeshift snowboard.

January 16, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman