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»  Aransas in the Fog:
Whooping Cranes
  
» No Barbeque this Summer 
» Just How Does a Bird Eat Bees?  
» My Birdwatching Adventures in Costa Rica
 » Just Another Golden Eagle  
 » Four Birds in One Tree: 
A Few Days of Birdwatching in England
 
» Four Calling Birds??? 
» A Very Unique Cardinal 
» Narcissism or Territorial
Defense: Macho Cardinal
 
  
» The Last Companion Carolina Paroquet 
» The Ever-Popular Chickadee  
» Convergent Evolution: Meadowlark and Longclaw 
» Barrel Cactus Confrontation 
» Galahs Playing Around and Around and Around ...  
» Who Made Up This Stuff?
Bird Call Mnemonics
 
 
» Mesmerizing a Goldfinch 
» The Best Mimic?  
» Prairie Chickens and Woodcocks:
Missouri Ornithology
  
» Mob Mentality: Who is Really in Control of the Skies?
» The Owl Who Sat Down Beside Me 
» Meeting Hot Shot: The Toddler Peregrine Falcon  
» Seeing 'Sea Parrots'
in Alaska
 
 
» A Rare and Unusual Bird 
Meeting Roger Tory Peterson
   
» Raven Showoffs 
» Reddish Egrets a nd Canopy Feeding 
 »  Robins and Worms 
Hear, See, Smell, or Feel?
   
» Hospital Hallucinations 
» What Are You Doing Here? Scissortail Flycatcher 
» Wild Bird "Attacks": Just Misunderstandings? 
» Drunken Waxwings and an Unusual Hummingbird Feeder
 » Acorn Woodpecker Defending its Stash
» Why Woodpeckers Don't Get Headaches: Built in Shock Absorber 

 "COMING DEAR" Crow Tool Use


By Lynne Page

Tool use in birds is always an interesting topic. Carolee Caffrey reported (in the Wilson Bulletin. June 2000, p. 283) having watched an American Crow create and use a tool after trying to use his bill to extract a spider from a fence post. When his bill didn’t get it, he pecked off a triangular piece of wood, held it with his feet, then hammered the tapered end, making it narrower. With that tool, he probed the hole, trying to make a spider shish kebab. However, he was interrupted by the call of a female crow. He looked toward her, put the wood piece into the hole, and flew to join her. 

The point of the report was to describe an incident of tool use but I think it raises a more intriguing question. What did that crow hen say to persuade the ‘working’ crow to leave the prospect of a meal of juicy spider-on-a-stick?
 

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