Posted by Dindrane on October 6, 2007 in animals & wildlife
This is a fascinating short journal article on the use of Sentinel crows by other crows, ravens, and starlings. Dates from 1974, but still relevant and absolutely marvelous. This article is also pretty interesting.
By the way, for more information about these fascinating and wonderfuls, this site provides a short bibliography for getting started.
Though Marzluff and Angell’s In the Company of Crows and Ravens is my personal favorite book on the subject, and Bernd Heinrich’s Mind of the Raven is a close second.
I’d like to find a study looking at what Corvidae (crows and ravens of course) often hang out with Sturnae (starlings), which don’t seem to be (and I don’t believe are considered to be by science) quite as intelligent, though they are all “garbage-eating” birds who thrive in cities and around humans, so maybe they’re just all punks together (and I say that about them with all love, so don’t get all uppity).