The Life and Times of ''The Most Intelligent Bird in the World''
April 2, 2021 11:01 AM   Subscribe

...She could also be impatient if things weren’t moving fast enough. If Geoff began to digress during a demonstration, she’d nip his earlobe to get him back on track. If an audience member brought any kind of food to the arena, Tina would steal it and eat it on the spot, whether it was a hamburger or an ice cream cone. (Once, to Geoff’s horror, she landed on a stroller and snatched a pacifier from a baby’s mouth.)...
The Life and Times of “The Most Intelligent Bird in the World” posted by y2karl (13 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
 
This was so interesting! Here in Florida we have crested caracaras, one of my all time favorite looking birds.
posted by saladin at 11:22 AM on April 2


Aw, man yeah, that is a smart, people friendly bird. Yes biting aside and included. I used to have a pet crow (or maybe he had me?) and I’m honestly surprised that this bird had similar behavioral interactions with the guy, including punishment for slights. Crows we know are extremely intelligent, so what is this bird of prey up to?
posted by [insert clever name here] at 11:23 AM on April 2


Y'all I just learned that bluejays are corvids. That's all.
posted by amtho at 11:34 AM on April 2 [3 favorites]


Crows we know are extremely intelligent, so what is this bird of prey up to?

Crow Hawk was in the running for the title -- it does seem like these are raptors that evolved into corvid analogues. The fact that they are social in the wild, for example.

Y'all I just learned that bluejays are corvids. That's all.

But, wait that's not all! /Billy Mays

Magpies, too!
posted by y2karl at 11:43 AM on April 2


...Here in Florida we have crested caracaras, one of my all time favorite looking birds.

What popped out to me, saladin, was that scissor-tailed flycatcher hopping a ride on the crested caracara's back, something which I had seen before and is apparently an actual biological thing.
posted by y2karl at 11:58 AM on April 2


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posted by carmicha at 11:59 AM on April 2 [1 favorite]


Clever girl.
posted by deadaluspark at 12:00 PM on April 2 [6 favorites]


Amazing, sweet and eventually sad. I'm tearing up.
posted by Splunge at 12:30 PM on April 2 [1 favorite]


Magpies, too!

Never fuck with a magpie. They can recognize a face and hold a grudge for over 20 years, and they will attack. They're kinda assholes.
posted by adept256 at 1:48 PM on April 2 [1 favorite]


Never cross a corvid -- or, I suspect, a caracara.
posted by y2karl at 2:14 PM on April 2 [1 favorite]


that is a beautiful bird!
posted by supermedusa at 2:22 PM on April 2 [1 favorite]


I'm guessing the intelligence developed because of living in such a marginal area and having to be able to access multiple and inconstant sources of food. Most birds of prey do one or two things with great skill and that's enough to feed themselves.
posted by tavella at 3:48 PM on April 2 [1 favorite]




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