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Copyright: Sochirca Dan (deud) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: OLYMPUS E410, Olympus Zuiko 40-150mm f3.5-5.6, Kenko Skylight 1B + 1.7 Tele
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-24 23:30
Viewed: 5340
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
True crows have long been viewed as very intelligent by humans (as seen in Aesop's fable of The Crow and the Pitcher) and they often score very highly on animal intelligence tests, some species even top the avian IQ scale. Crows in the northwestern U.S. Show modest linguistic capabilities and the ability to relay information over great distances, live in complex, hierarchic societies involving hundreds of individuals with various "occupations".

Many of the examples of intelligence involve the various use of tools that the True Crows readily use. For example, hooded crows in Israel have learned to use bread crumbs for fishing bait.
Another species, the New Caledonian Crow, has recently been intensively studied because of its ability to manufacture and use its own tools in the day-to-day search for food, including dropping seeds into a heavy trafficked street and waiting for a car to crush them open. On October 5, 2007, researchers from the University of Oxford, England presented data acquired by mounting tiny video cameras on the tails of New Caledonian Crows. It turned out that they use a larger variety of tools than previously known, plucking, smoothing and bending twigs and grass stems to procure a variety of foodstuffs.

Crow species in Australia are some of the few animals that have learned how to eat the toxic cane toad. A crow flips the toad over onto its back with its beak and then kills the toad by striking the thin underbelly skin with their beak. This thin skin lacks the poison glands that protect the toads from being eaten from above.

Additionally, it has been suggested that Common Ravens follow wolves or human hunters to kills, effectively using them as "tools," that provide meat. It has even been rumored that they might lead hunters to animals so that they might then eat the leftovers.


This shot was taken at the Chisinau Zoo. This crow steal meat in vulture cage...

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Hello Dan !
This is a very interesting picture ! It's not often we get to see the pictue of a crow that is feeding. I really like the details on the face, as well as the way you have composed the picture. Excellent POV, nice natural colors. Very well done !

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-25 9:55]

Hi Dan.
How did you come nearer so close? Superb close-up. I welcome so strong and very impressive cropping. You have accented our attention on the main thing – attractive head and pose of the nice bird. Details are stunning and colours are very nice. Unique and nice picture. My best wishes.

Hi Sochirca,
A nice capture of this crow in a feeding position. Very well composed with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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