bird intelligence

To: "Wendy" <>
Subject: bird intelligence
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2009 18:43:59 +1000
When we used to live in Tenterfield, northern NSW, we had a resident family of Magpies. They nested in trees just outside our yard every year. They also used to come and be fed direct from our hands whenever we had a BBQ, and so came to know us. When they were nesting, any of our family could walk right under their nest, and they would simply warble at us. However, if the kids from down the road - who used to throw stones at them, and try to steal their eggs - wandered by, they would swoop them fiercely. They certainly recognised different humans.

We re currently 'minding' a Rainbow Lorikeet as part of a local eradication program for this invasive species. The 'caller' bird we have in a cage screeches and whistles to all humans, but when my daughter comes into view or earshot, the bird really goes beserk! I'm not sure why, but she seems absolutely smitten with our daughter.

John Tongue
Ulverstone, Tas.

On 20/05/2009, at 5:58 PM, Wendy wrote:

I'm sure Australian Magpies can tell friend and enemy in the human world.

I think also Little Ravens.

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