The Thoughtful Animal

The Thoughtful Animal

Exploring the evolution and architecture of the mind

Friday Fun: Snowboarding Crow [video]


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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