Speaking of magpies

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Subject: Speaking of magpies
From: Bron King <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 11:33:51 +1000
Heard on ABC program The World Today Thurs 21st (listen to last item)
an item about magpies, purported to be of the Australian variety, being able to recognise
themselves in a mirror, thus proving advanced intelligence. This was based on work by Helmut Prior et al
The only problem is he'd studied Pica pica, not our own warbling flyers.

As I told them gently in the feedback it's rather like an Austrian winning a gold medal
in synchronised swimming which an Australian brings home to the trophy cabinet! (or something to that effect)


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