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Tetrapod Zoology

My local magpie family: four weeks of observation, 265 photos, and how good are the results?

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Over the past few months, a pair of European magpies Pica pica have been nesting in one of the short trees I have growing in my front garden, and within the last couple of weeks, their two young fledged and all four birds moved off. I was thrilled: I love watching corvids and I was [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

Obscure, extravagant tropical crows

The word ‘crow’ typically conjures up an image of a reasonable large, typically black, typically unadorned passerine bird. Crows of this kind occur just about worldwide with the exception of South America and Antarctica – they’re very successful birds. But far less well known is that there is also a really interesting assortment of brightly [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

The Birds in my Backyard

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I’m an animal behavior expert and I’ve lived in Los Angeles all my life. Why don’t I know the birds in my backyard? In my latest piece, at Zocalo Public Square, I argue that I should know who my wildlife neighbors are, and that understanding our natural world can create a better human community, too.

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The Thoughtful Animal

Eavesdropping Lemurs Tune Into the Forest Soundtrack to Survive

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One of the ways that primates avoid predators is with the use of alarm calls. If a lemur, monkey, or ape detects a predator, he or she shrieks, warning the rest of the social group. These alarm calls are automatic and reflexive. Just as you can’t help but kick you leg when the doctor strikes [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Ravens, Superbowl Edition

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The triumph of corvids over numbers yesterday in the Super Bowl meant two things to me: first, that ornithology continues to trounce math in any contest that matters, and second, that I would have to follow up this weekend’s groundhog post with a post about the amazingness of one of the most clever of winged [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Snowboarding Crows: The Plot Thickens

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On Friday, I quickly posted this video, which shows a crow – likely a hooded crow (thanks to a commenter at Andrew Revkin’s Dot Earth blog for the ID) – appearing to “snowboard” down the roof of a Russian building, using a small object as a makeshift snowboard. Over at The Atlantic, Alexis Madrigal also [...]

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