Stephan Voigt

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Where Do Crows Go in Winter?

A crow with a satellite transmitter. Photo credit: M. Jones<p>“Partial migration”—where some individuals within a population migrate and some don’t—is …

Evolving street-smarts

Living among humans favours fearless problem-solvers interested in new things. That's how city birds get smarter<i>By Menno Schilthuizen</i>Read at Aeon

Why Do Crows Copulate with Corpses?

Crows are highly social birds, and that bond continues even after death: Living crows often gather and caw loudly near the bodies of their fallen …

Research

Crows Are Always Jerks to Ravens, Research Confirms

LIVING ALONGSIDE A group of crows can be murder for a raven.<p>Across North America, common ravens are regularly harassed by gangs of crows, according …

Man, Crows Are Even Smarter and Scarier Than We Thought

They seem to be able to learn from each others' tools.<p>As humans, we love to think we have a monopoly on brain power. But the more we learn about the …

Do dolphins feel grief?

When an adult striped dolphin emerged from the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 pushing, nudging, and circling the carcass of its dead female companion for …

16 Former Meat & Dairy Farmers Who Became Vegan Activists

Novelist and slaughterhouse journalist Upton Sinclair once wrote, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on …

Why Ravens and Crows Are Earth’s Smartest Birds

Year of the Bird<p>Their brains may be tiny, but birds have been known to outsmart children and apes.<p>Until the 21st century, birds were largely dismissed as simpletons. How smart can you be with a brain the size of a nut?<p>And yet the more we study bird intelligence, the more those assumptions are …

Ravens Are Evolving, and Not in the Way You'd Expect

Instead of branching into new species, raven groups experienced something called "speciation reversal."<p>A new study shows that the common raven is anything but commonplace in its evolution.<p>Using DNA samples taken from ravens for nearly twenty years, the study provides evidence that common ravens on …

Hawaiian crows return from extinction in wild

The 'alalā went extinct in the wild in 2002, but a captive breeding program is preserving hope that this species can still be saved.<p>After living in …

Whales can mimic human speech, and you have to hear it to believe it

We’ve known for some time that orca whales are incredibly intelligent creatures, capable of advanced social behaviors and coordinated hunting …

St Andrews

These Crows Have Figured Out How to Safely Eat Poisonous Toads

Flip, dissect, avoid the deadly bits.<p>Give a corvid a conundrum and it won't stay stymied long - the long-beaked birds have legendary problem-solving …

New Caledonian crows show how technology evolves

<b>Tool-making crows have allowed us to see the first foundations of a technological breakthrough.</b><p>New Caledonian crows spontaneously make hooks out of plant material, using them to "fish" for grubs and spiders.<p>Experiments have now revealed that these hooked tools are 10 times faster at retrieving a …

Chimpanzees

Crows Make Up After Fighting, Then Seek Consolation

A new study shows crows reconcile and seek third parties after things get nasty<p>Crows are highly intelligent and emotional birds who form long-lasting …

Psychology

Nevermore, or Tomorrow? Ravens Can Plan Ahead

We have long known that ravens are no birdbrains. They have been spotted caching food for later, gathering string to pull up hanging food and even …

New videos prove crows can make complex tools that only humans have made before

Tiny cameras attached to the birds' tails give a clear view of corvid intelligence.<p>Though we've long known that crows use tools to get food (and …

Birds

2nd Tool-Using Crow Species Found

The critically endangered Hawaiian crow can use sticks to deftly fish for food that is out of reach, according to a new study. The discovery means …

Behavioural Ecology Research Group - Crow Research - Introduction

© Simon Walker<p>Tool making and using is one of the most defining human characteristics, and sits in stark contrast to the total absence of such …

Crows could be the key to understanding alien intelligence

Crows are among the planet's most intelligent animals, teaching their young to use tools for foraging and banding together to fight off intruders. …

Why crows gather around their dead

As long as I’ve been interested in crows, I’ve wondered the same thing that many other people who study or simply enjoy crows have wondered; why do …

Do Crows Hold Funerals for Their Dead?

The highly intelligent birds gather around their fallen comrades, but why might surprise you.<p>Many who have heard the melancholy cry of the mourning dove might wonder: Do birds grieve for their loved ones?<p>For this Saturday’s Weird Animal Question of the Week Emilie Bouef commented via Facebook: "I …

Ravens Are So Smart, One Hacked This Researcher's Experiment

Researchers had to remove the bird because they were worried it’d teach the others.<p>We're entering the Dawn of the Planet of the Ravens.<p>In fact, these birds are so intelligent that they're able to plan ahead for future events—something that has only been seen in humans and great apes until now—and …

We Knew Ravens Are Smart. But Not This Smart

The birds are surprisingly skilled at planning how to get food in the future, and will even trade for it.<p>We've long known ravens aren’t your typical bird brain: Myths featuring the wily black bird extend from Aesop’s fables to Native American folklore.<p>In more recent times, experiments testing the …

Smarter than the average 4-year-old? Raven intelligence at heart of new study

More than 170 years after Edgar Allan Poe's fictional raven croaked, "Nevermore," scientists are reporting that real-life ravens think about the …

When it comes to brains, size doesn’t matter

Ravens score just as high as big-brained chimps on cognitive tests.<p>Crows, ravens, and other corvids are sometimes called feathered apes. Like …

Self Control

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Clever corvids on par with great apes

How exactly <i>do</i> you measure how smart an animal is? Assessing the intelligence of an animal is a difficult task in itself, and it remains a …

Meet the Bird Brainiacs: American Crow

<b>​Editor's Note:</b> Members of the crow family, known as the corvids, are among the smartest birds in the world. Some are capable of using tools, playing …

Birds