Speaking of magpies

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Subject: Speaking of magpies
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2008 18:02:36 +1000

I don't know about that. Just because someone found out the same thing about pigeons.... some "dirty" pigeon tried to clean itself after seeing its reflection in a mirror.
That doesn't mean the bird realised it was looking at itself. A lot of bathing behaviour in birds is by social facilitation, they like to do it together. Beside it would take many repeats of an observation like that, to be convincing.

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