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First Evidence That Birds Cultivate Plants

Science & Tech  (tags: animals, wildlife, interesting, research, science )

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This discovery is the first known intentional use of plants by a non human species for a purpose other than food.

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Freya H (357)
Monday April 23, 2012, 3:09 pm
So birds are farmers, eh? So much for "bird brain" being an insult!

IE Ries (237)
Monday April 23, 2012, 9:31 pm

Can't say I'm surprised to find this out. Agree with Freya - "bird brain" should be considered a HUGE compliment considering that birds, when considering the relative size of their brains next to that of mammals, seem to have much more going on inside than the great majority of mammals. This means that brain-size ratio as an indication of supposed intelligence is a load of crap. Birds communicate, they have culture, they make and use tools, they have problem solving ability, they plan ahead, they cultivate plants, they "ant" themselves to rid themselves of parasites. Do you know any mammal with a comparatively sized brain that does these things? I can't think of very many.

Soooo....who's got the BETTER brain? Birds do. A compact and very efficient little package they use with much more effectiveness than mammals with our "big" and (supposedly!) more "complex" (what a complete FARCE) brains. We're just biased BECAUSE we are mammals...and lo, we're having our noses rubbed in the shit of our stupid assumptions about other creatures yet again...!

Homer E (309)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 5:20 pm
Thanks for sharing... awesome story... love how some birds use tools as well.. e.g. seagulls using rocks to open shellfish... Thanks

Kerrie G (116)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 5:35 pm
Noted, thanks.

Mitchell D (104)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 6:11 pm
I followed the link to Current Biology, and found nothing in their on-line edition about this, but perhaps they don't include all their articles in the on-line version. The Corvid family of birds, by the way, is phenomenally intelligent.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 9:50 pm

L B (0)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 10:58 pm
Very interesting.

Robert Hardy (68)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 9:31 pm
How typical. The only time we guys clean up is when we want... well you know. ; )

Sue Matheson (79)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 12:18 am
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