bird intelligence

To: "'John Tongue'" <>, "'Wendy'" <>
Subject: bird intelligence
From: "Andrew Bell" <>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 20:18:02 +0930
I have lived with rainbow lorikeets in the family and they had very
different and very consistant behaviours towards different members of human
members of the household, which amongst other things determined who could
invade their space to clean it without being painfully attacked. 

I guess there are many things that are generally known to many which has
never been "published".

Andrew Bell

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of John Tongue
Sent: Wednesday, 20 May 2009 6:14 PM
To: Wendy
Subject: bird intelligence

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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