bird intelligence

To: "'John Tongue'" <>, "'Wendy'" <>
Subject: bird intelligence
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 09:16:40 +0930
Some friends of ours living in Brisbane have a pair of Pied Butcherbirds
which feed from their hands nearly every evening - they seem to know
who's friendly and who isn't. We also have two families of Magpies which
live in and around our back and front gardens in Vista SA,  - they are
certainly not afraid of us, allowing us to approach to within a metre -
and of course we talk to them and they seem to listen.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of John Tongue
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 6:23 PM
To: Wendy
Subject: bird intelligence

PS - before anyone points it out, I know Lorikeets are not songbirds,  
but this was just another case of clear recognition of individuals.

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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