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Reblogged from mindblowingscience
mindblowingscience:

CROWS BEAT TEST THAT STUMPS LITTLE KIDS

In Aesop’s fable about the crow and the pitcher, a thirsty bird finds a vessel of water, but when he tries to drink from it, he finds that the water level is too low. Not strong enough to knock over the pitcher, the bird drops pebbles into it—one at a time—until the water level rises enough for him to drink his fill.
Highlighting the value of ingenuity, the fable demonstrates that cognitive ability can often be more effective than brute force. It also characterizes crows as pretty resourceful problem solvers.
New research conducted by University of California, Santa Barbara’s Corina Logan and collaborators proves the birds’ intellectual prowess may be more fact than fiction. The findings appear in PLOS ONE.
“We showed that crows can discriminate between different volumes of water and that they can pass a modified test that so far only 7- to 10-year-old children have been able to complete successfully,” says Logan, who is lead author of the paper.
“We provide the strongest evidence so far that the birds attend to cause-and-effect relationships by choosing options that displace more water.”

Continue Reading.

mindblowingscience:

CROWS BEAT TEST THAT STUMPS LITTLE KIDS

In Aesop’s fable about the crow and the pitcher, a thirsty bird finds a vessel of water, but when he tries to drink from it, he finds that the water level is too low. Not strong enough to knock over the pitcher, the bird drops pebbles into it—one at a time—until the water level rises enough for him to drink his fill.

Highlighting the value of ingenuity, the fable demonstrates that cognitive ability can often be more effective than brute force. It also characterizes crows as pretty resourceful problem solvers.

New research conducted by University of California, Santa Barbara’s Corina Logan and collaborators proves the birds’ intellectual prowess may be more fact than fiction. The findings appear in PLOS ONE.

“We showed that crows can discriminate between different volumes of water and that they can pass a modified test that so far only 7- to 10-year-old children have been able to complete successfully,” says Logan, who is lead author of the paper.

“We provide the strongest evidence so far that the birds attend to cause-and-effect relationships by choosing options that displace more water.”

Continue Reading.

(via ghostmetaphors)

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Reblogged from dannythebudgie

dannythebudgie:

You put the budgie in the coconut. 

(Source: derekbair.blogspot.com, via pepperandpals)

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Reblogged from darwinthebird
darwinthebird:

Darwin the Bird’s 1000 Followers Giveaway!
In celebration of sharing nearly 2 years with 1,000 of you, I would be honored to give out some special talon-picked bird treats and toys to a few lucky winners!
Rules
3 winners will be chosen randomly; however:
You must have a pet bird or know someone with a pet bird with whom you can share the goodies! The prizes are all bird things, of course.
Must be following darwinthebird
Only reblogs of this post will count (You’re welcome to like it, though!)
You can reblog up to 10 times to increase your odds of winning (a random generator will be used, but your URL will be entered more than once for each reblog up to 10)
Contest period will last from now until July 31, 2014
As mentioned above, 3 URLs will be randomly picked. Once the winners are chosen on July 31, my human (baroness) will message each of you within a few days to ask for more information on your bird’s species, name, and food/toy preferences! Also, your mailing address.
Depending on the size/species of your bird, winners will receive:
1-3 toys
1-3 snacks
Some of my prettiest feathers
A talon-written, stamped message from me!
Happy contesting! Please direct all questions and suggestions here so that I can answer them for everyone else to see.





*We cannot 100% guarantee that you will receive exactly the toy/food you ask for, but dietary restrictions will be honored and we will do our very best to send something that will make your bird happy!

darwinthebird:

Darwin the Bird’s 1000 Followers Giveaway!

In celebration of sharing nearly 2 years with 1,000 of you, I would be honored to give out some special talon-picked bird treats and toys to a few lucky winners!

Rules

3 winners will be chosen randomly; however:

  1. You must have a pet bird or know someone with a pet bird with whom you can share the goodies! The prizes are all bird things, of course.
  2. Must be following darwinthebird
  3. Only reblogs of this post will count (You’re welcome to like it, though!)
  4. You can reblog up to 10 times to increase your odds of winning (a random generator will be used, but your URL will be entered more than once for each reblog up to 10)
  5. Contest period will last from now until July 31, 2014

As mentioned above, 3 URLs will be randomly picked. Once the winners are chosen on July 31, my human (baroness) will message each of you within a few days to ask for more information on your bird’s species, name, and food/toy preferences! Also, your mailing address.

Depending on the size/species of your bird, winners will receive:

  • 1-3 toys
  • 1-3 snacks
  • Some of my prettiest feathers
  • A talon-written, stamped message from me!

Happy contesting! Please direct all questions and suggestions here so that I can answer them for everyone else to see.

*We cannot 100% guarantee that you will receive exactly the toy/food you ask for, but dietary restrictions will be honored and we will do our very best to send something that will make your bird happy!

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Reblogged from tilleyandpepperthebirds
tilleyandpepperthebirds:

Maybe we went a little overboard on the water intake, Pepper… Mom dry us off please. - Tilley #cockatiel #greencheek #conure

tilleyandpepperthebirds:

Maybe we went a little overboard on the water intake, Pepper… Mom dry us off please. - Tilley #cockatiel #greencheek #conure

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Reblogged from emuwren
emuwren:

The Black-crowned Tchagra - Tchagra senegala, is a bushshrike. This species is found in the Arabian Peninsula and most of Africa in scrub, open woodland and semi-desert.
Photo by Kobus Saayman.

emuwren:

The Black-crowned Tchagra - Tchagra senegala, is a bushshrike. This species is found in the Arabian Peninsula and most of Africa in scrub, open woodland and semi-desert.

Photo by Kobus Saayman.

(via birdsarebetterthansnakes)

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Reblogged from rainydayrecesstoo

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Reblogged from irregular-equinox

avianawareness:

yeffyaboyuice:

irregular-equinox:

My bird is dancing to smash mouth it was great

NEVER LET THIS DIE

Fids LOVE music.

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Reblogged from superziggy

becausebirds:

howdyimjrus:

2,000 dollar bird warmer.

10 out of 10 birbs recommend Apple brand birb warmers.

(Source: superziggy)

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Reblogged from sci-universe

kerrimaryberry:

thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

fauxholmes:

sci-universe:

Cat And Owl Are Best Friends

Making plans to go to sea on a beautiful pea-green boat.

^ Reblogging for both the cute gifs and also for that comment :D

This is the same cat and owl this gif and drawing was made from. http://shadowwolfguidence.tumblr.com/post/68713593837/looks-like-two-witches-familiars-arguing-about

(via feather-in-your-cap)

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Reblogged from classybxxch
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Reblogged from love-toucan
crownofbirds:

birds are tiny cute citrus dinosaurs and if you don’t love them, i can’t help you

crownofbirds:

birds are tiny cute citrus dinosaurs and if you don’t love them, i can’t help you

(Source: kakaku.com, via anachronizomai)

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Reblogged from jenntalksnature

jenntalksnature:

I had to make this post to go along with this video, because really, Crested pigeons (Ocyphaps lophotes, top three photos) are freaking pretty.  I’ve also included another Australian Columbid that I’m jealous of, the Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera, bottom three photos).

Image credits from top to bottom:
Lip Kee
Birds Central
Archies Archive
Ian Montgomery
Ákos Lumnitzer
Ian Montgomery

(via smallestbird)

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Reblogged from importantbirds
importantbirds:


 how do birb do the hover ? ?????????? magiC????????!!!!!!!

close the eye and belef… in a selb.. and HUP into a air!  Do not ned the wingles!

importantbirds:

 how do birb do the hover ? ?????????? magiC????????!!!!!!!

close the eye and belef… in a selb.. and HUP into a air!  Do not ned the wingles!

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Reblogged from nope11111111

whitestuffknowslimits:

lildeadlymeesh:

quoridor:

shockywave:

@ - @ 

@ > @ peent

@ - @ 

@ > @ peent

@ - @ 

@ > @ peent

image

My dear followers. I present, Burd.

I SHOULD NOT BE LAUGHING THIS HARD

(Source: nope11111111, via ghostmetaphors)

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Reblogged from coelasquid

importantbirds:

sleepy-meow:

coelasquid:

SEEDS! WE’RE EATING SEEDS! WHAT’S FOR DINNER?? SEEDS!

importantbirds have you seen this?

VERY THRILL about a seeds so GRANDE AN DINERS is never before!

pigeons worth having as boyfriends

(via birdsarebetterthansnakes)