Also, crows are scared of Dick Cheney. Told you they were smart
By John M. Marzluff and Tony AngellPosted 06.06.2012 at 4:25 pm 15 Comments
The corvid family--a widespread group of birds made up most prominently of crows, ravens, and magpies--are no ordinary birds, with a brain-to-body-weight ratio and cognitive abilities equal to apes and dolphins. This excerpt, from the great new book Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans, by John M. Marzluff and Tony Angell, details an experiment in which students and faculty at the University of Washington tried to discover if crows can recognize individual humans--and what they'd do with that information.