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Friday Fun: Snowboarding Crow [video]

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This video (via Al Dove on twitter), which appears to be from Russia, shows a crow (can anybody confirm the identity of the bird?) engaging in an activity that can only be described as play. There is at least some scientific evidence (behind a paywall) that corvids, as well as some species of parrots and other social birds, do engage in play-like behaviors. This particular instance is remarkable as it does not only show play, but also a form of tool use!

Also: Snowboarding Crows: The Plot Thickens

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Jason G. Goldman About the Author: Dr. Jason G. Goldman received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Southern California, where he studied the evolutionary and developmental origins of the mind in humans and non-human animals. Jason is also an editor at ScienceSeeker and Editor of Open Lab 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. Follow on . Follow on Twitter @jgold85.

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  1. 1. Bill Noble 3:11 pm 01/13/2012

    The bird’s a jackdaw . . . and I want what she had! :-)

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  2. 2. BrendanH 6:00 pm 01/13/2012

    It’s not a jackdaw, it’s a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooded_Crow” rel=”nofollow”>hooded crow.

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  3. 3. teresavet 3:01 pm 01/14/2012

    Awesome video. I’ve forwarded it to my ethology workgroup here in Spain.

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  4. 4. OXYMAN 10:30 pm 01/15/2012

    European Crow, common all throughout EU., I saw them in Croatia this past summer. Extememly intelligent birds and have been known to take shiny items out of peoples homes and businesses ~ an uncle that works at a steel casting and tool n die type of place tells me they have flown into the large windows and taken items out of the shop. All shiny, like bronze or gold plated.

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