Corvids are even cooler than you think!

Yeah, I’m a corvid fan, as any regular reader of this blog would know if there were any 😉 Now I stumbled across a PLOS ONE article that’s just too good not to mention here:

Behavioral Responses to Inequity in Reward Distribution and Working Effort in Crows and Ravens

Wow, just wow: crows apparently have a sense of “fairness”, or at least (a more cautious interpretation by yours truly) of “market value” – and if they do not get the fair market value for their “goods” they get pissed at you.



A Common Raven (Corvus corax) in the Tierpark Friedrichsfelde in Berlin.


About Heinrich Mallison

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2 Responses to Corvids are even cooler than you think!

  1. dobermunk says:

    That’s why they ‘steal’ food from those bums at the zoo… it’s like taking bottled beer from welfare recipients… it’s only fair!!!

    link to paper from wordpress requires http: by the way, or else it adds the blog address to the goal:

  2. dobermunk says:

    did you see this?
    “funded by a L′Oreal Women in Science scholarship”
    I’ll have to think of this the next time I buy eyeliner 🙂

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