Magpie intelligence

To: "David Rosalky" <>, <>
Subject: Magpie intelligence
From: Robin Eckermann <>
Date: Sat, 01 Feb 2014 20:42:01 +1100
At 08:16 PM 1/02/2014, David Rosalky wrote:
My son just emailed me the following message:

?I just listened to a report from the science show on radio national. A couple of guys found an injured magpie at their house with its leg wrapped in fishing line. They freed its leg and released it. Some time later, the magpie returned with a second magpie with an identical injury. Amazing! ?

Did anyone hear it?  It appears to be an example of a high degree of deductive logic in birds ? or pure coincidence.

David Rosalky

BTW, there is a delightful video at showing a new Caledonian Crow using stones to raise the water level in a jar in order to get the floating worm. I believe these belong to the same broad family as Magpies!

Robin Eckermann
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