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RE: Rooks cooperate to get treats

Personal observation (in N Florida, mid-December): two
owls in  dimmest pre-dawn light, working their way up
a gum tree in a swamp, leaping from branch-to-branch.
As they reach the top branches, a lone crow flees from
his perch and disappears into the southwestern sky.

In full daylight, a phalanx of 9 crows from the
southwestern quadrant, flying bee-line to that tree.

One owl flies away as the crows light on the tree, and
the crows follow it, and mob it. The other owl sits
tight, and is un-molested.

My conclusion -- crows communicate well.

Questions -- why was the singleton crow roosted so far
from his 'friends'? Did he know where they were, and
fly to them, or did he just fly in a random direction,
and form a lynch mob w/ the first crows he found?

IMO, either action is well within a crow's abilities.

Filed under "Still-hunting anecdotes"...


--- evelyn sobielski <koreke77@yahoo.de> wrote:

> --- "Richard W. Travsky" <rtravsky@uwyo.edu>
> schrieb:
> > 
> > Interesting dinosaur er bird behavior
> > 
> >
> They might want to try this out with "blue"
> (American)
> jays. These seem to have higher social skills than
> flocking corvids, scrub-jays and the Blue/Steller's
> Jays in particular* - these we know already to keep
> an
> active eye on their buddies' behavior and adjust
> theirs accordingly. ("Brown" jays - i.e. _Garrulus_
> -
> and "grey" jays - _Perisoreus_ are not very social,
> the former being a bit of loners and the latter
> coming
> together more opportunistically than socially)
> Regards,
> Eike
> * Probably others too. But many tropical taxa remain
> almost unstudied.
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