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April 15, 2014

The Moral: Aesop Knew Something About Crows


The last common ancestor of humans and crows lived perhaps 300 million years ago, and was almost certainly no intellectual giant.
So the higher levels of crow and primate intelligence evolved on separate tracks, but somehow reached some of the same destinations. And scientists are now asking what crows can’t do, as one way to understand how they learn and how their intelligence works. - NYTimes.com

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 15, 2014 7:01 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Very smart, conniving, alert, and carnivore.
And big, maybe 16" tall.
They converse loudly among themselves and with turkeys, and they raise holy hell when a deer is in the area.

4 of them would give you a run for the money and seriously mess you up, 10 of them would take you out.

The crow had just taken off from feeding in the yard and about 4 foot off the ground a redwing hawk landed on it's back sinking it's talons deep. The larger crow dug in to accommodate the added weight of the hawk and ascended toward a low hanging branch from a towering pine. The crow swooped just under the branch knocking the hawk off it's back, then banked down into the dark, dense forest, safe from hawks, for now. Nature's event.

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 15, 2014 7:21 AM

This research may also help explain Harry Reid.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at April 15, 2014 8:09 AM

I'll tell you what they can't do; walk up to a door, something they've never seen before in their lives, and just open it up on the first try like the raptors in Jurassic Park film (they have the brain of a crow!).

Nor would they walk past a table piled with food to hunt after children they've not seen moving around.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at April 15, 2014 8:16 AM

A little piece of wisdom from a song I heard when growing up: "Cría cuervos y verás cómo te sacan los ojos."

[Translation: "Raise up crows and you'll see how they gouge your eyes out."]

Posted by: newton at April 15, 2014 8:31 AM

So what i get from this story is that crows can learn from observation which makes them smarter than Democrats who can only regurgitate what they have been told.

Posted by: Kelvin at April 15, 2014 9:26 AM

Crows, although bird-brained, are not only intensely curious, they are aggressively curious. Leftoid humans are aggressive yet entirely devoid of curiosity. No one can learn a thing when they already know the answer.

Posted by: james wilson at April 15, 2014 9:53 AM

We have a number of tall fir trees around our cul-de-sac. For several months a couple of hundred crows used them for their morning and evening chatter-and-coffee stop on their way to and from work. They would show up around daybreak, flying in from the northwest; they'd fly around from tree to tree, vocalizing in a good many different ways, and after about twenty minutes they'd all head off to the southeast. The reverse of this scene would occur near sundown.

Here's another good source on crows:

Posted by: pfsm at April 15, 2014 10:14 AM

The thing is, Crows are smart... compared to other birds. They still have a brain smaller than a walnut.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at April 15, 2014 11:25 AM

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