As you know from my December and January posts, I fell in love with chickadees. In fact I have always liked birds and have housed budgies and finches in my day. In fact, if people know how to go about it, budgies can be great fun as pets. Most don't, however; they buy them too old and then have no idea what to do with them.
This article in The Star cites a report on bird intelligence that might interest some. A few of its examples are listed below.
- Vultures during the civil war in Zimbabwe "using a minefield as a frying ground," Lefebvre told the conference. "They would wait and, boom! Some animal would be killed and the vultures would swoop down. They would actually perch on the barbed wire and wait for the minefields to give them chopped antelope."
- Japanese crows at intersections flying down and placing walnuts in the path of cars. The shells were cracked and the crows returned to pick up the nuts. They even learned to wait for the light to turn red so they could use the crosswalk while the traffic was stopped.
- Herons "fly-fishing" by catching an insect and dropping it on the surface of the water to attract fish.
- Crows making "tools" from leaves to catch insects.
- Tits, woodpeckers and magpies in England pecking open the caps on milk bottles.