The intelligence of non-hominid animals has been one of my favourite topics for a long time, as all can attest to who ever had to suffer through a monologue of mine on parrot or ape intelligence. Corvids, the family that includes crows, rooks, and ravens, but also more colorful taxa such as magpies, jays and so on, are well known for their ability to make and use tools (cars, which can crack really tough nuts), understand what traffic lights are (red = stay away, green = go and get the nuts you placed on the road so the cars would crack them), and so on. New to me were crow funerals!
I’ve posted a bunch of corvid pics before, including rook prOn, a rather plucked-looking crow, and the wild (YAY!) ravens of Berlin and of Rügen, but I’ve always been too lazy to research a proper post on extant theropod intelligence. Rather, I should say I have never found the time.
Well, someone went and did it for me, so I’ll simply post a few more pictures, then send you off to read that excellent and informative article by Kimberly Gerson. It’s got loads of sci lit links, too!
A somewhat wet Rook in the drizzle at Marwell Zoo.
“Alarm! Jäger von rechts im Tiefflug!
Kam aus einer Regenschwade, Herr Kaleun!”
These rooks played the ever-fun game for the best resting place.