Corvids are really smart.
I saw a very interesting science program yesterday about corvids in general but ravens especially. Did You know they can solve the exact complex tests that the great apes can? For example how to reach food and use things around it as tools. They showed a Rook that solved the problem of reaching a maggot floating in a glass of water. It just couldn’t reach it but then the placed a bunch of pebbles near him and then he started to put the pebbles in the glass untill the water level had risen that much that it could reach the maggot. No one had ever shown him this before, he just figured it out by himself.
The ravens they showed was a bit too young yet to do any harder tests but they did figure out how to use a small hook to lift a tiny bucket from a deep glass so they could fetch the goodie that was in it 🙂 It shows that corvids do communicate with each other so that every one in the group knows where there is plenty of food or where danger might lurk. How they do that no one knows yet though.
They also told us that there are more and more corvids in the world now, in fact there’s never been this many before at all and that’s because they are very similar to us in one important way, they can adapt to almost any environment or condition. I do like corvids just because they are so funny to watch and especially the Jackdaw. Well that’s perhaps I’ve had a tame one before it became illegal to have wild birds in captivity. This one however would never have made it in the wild because it had a broken wing (now days it’s illegal to even help an injured animal of any kind if one doesn’t have a special license).
It was so fun to see those young ravens because they behaved very much like my Jackdaw did. They were all over the caretaker and reached those tiny hairs one doesn’t know one has and pulled them hard 🙂 🙂 🙂 They destroyed almost everything that could be destroyed just because they were so interested of what might be inside a box or a bag 🙂 🙂 🙂 But we do have problems with ravens here now days. They kill (in what we would say horrid ways, but remember they are animals after all) lambs and calves (and lots of other animals that they can attack) by poking out their eyes first. After that the animal is defenceless and the ravens can do as they please.
The day started out chilly and foggy but now the sun has broken through the clouds and it has become very warm 🙂 I have my kitchen door open and the sun shines straight in to the kitchen making it really warm and nice 🙂 They say we can get up to 10C (50F) this week and I will not complain at all 🙂
Have a great day!