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The Intelligence of Birds

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Guess this proves birds can be smarter than some people. :wacko:

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EXPECTING a response? :lol:

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1 hour ago, Gershwin fan said:

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This guy deserves his own emoji/ reaction. :lol: 😑😶🤒

 

Owl is trying to figure out the best pose. ;)

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Now I'm wondering if the 'Birdman of Alcatraz' was related to either David Janssen or Clark Gable

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On 1/27/2019 at 12:11 AM, hamradio said:

Guess this proves birds can be smarter than some people. :wacko:

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EXPECTING a response? :lol:

Didn't see this until now,  but yea,  this mother is likely dumber than the bird.  Maybe she believed the mate of the bird would respond to her poster!    (because the odds are high this is a wild bird, and if NOT, release it and it will return to its owner - My brother and I had pigeons when we were teens and once trained they always find their way back to the coop).

 

 

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The odds are even higher that the posted flyer was a joke that some people took seriously.

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27 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

The odds are even higher that the posted flyer was a joke that some people took seriously.

Hopefully you're correct.   (and the person who created this flyer used someone else's daughter for that photo!).

My brother and I really loved those pigeons and we learned a lot about nature and birds taking care of them.   But sadly a neighbor's cat broke into the pen and killed all of them.   Oh,  the joys of childhood.

  

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Aw, terrible. Same thing happened when a subdivision was built in my rural neighborhood. Suburbanites let their pets run loose and wiped out my entire chicken & duck flocks. Awful. It took 6 months of therapy to get over it.

I've been watching videos of crows & ravens talking recently. I never knew they had better mimicking abilities than parrots. Bonus to the guy who trained his pet crow to say "nevermore".

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1 hour ago, TikiSoo said:

Aw, terrible. Same thing happened when a subdivision was built in my rural neighborhood. Suburbanites let their pets run loose and wiped out my entire chicken & duck flocks. Awful. It took 6 months of therapy to get over it.

I've been watching videos of crows & ravens talking recently. I never knew they had better mimicking abilities than parrots. Bonus to the guy who trained his pet crow to say "nevermore".

These articles may be a couple of years old but they still apply. Bottom line: if you like birds keep your cats inside. As more and more natural habitat for birds is disappearing as homes are constructed and people are allowing their house cats to roam (not to mention impregnating other cats), the impact is devastating for North American bird populations.

I don't blame the cats. I blame the cat owners.

Cats, the No. 1 killer of birds in Canada

Conservationists are urging owners to keep their cats inside, saying this could help save 200 million birds each year in Canada alone. 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/cats-the-no-1-killer-of-birds-in-canada-1.3130437

 

Cats kill up to 3.7B birds annually

Cats that live in the wild or indoor pets allowed to roam outdoors kill from 1.4 billion to as many as 3.7 billion birds in the continental U.S. each year, says a new study that escalates a decades-old debate over the feline threat to native animals....

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/29/cats-wild-birds-mammals-study/1873871/

 

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1 hour ago, TomJH said:

These articles may be a couple of years old but they still apply. Bottom line: if you like birds keep your cats inside. As more and more natural habitat for birds is disappearing as homes are constructed and people are allowing their house cats to roam (not to mention impregnating other cats), the impact is devastating for North American bird populations.

I don't blame the cats. I blame the cat owners.

Cats, the No. 1 killer of birds in Canada

Conservationists are urging owners to keep their cats inside, saying this could help save 200 million birds each year in Canada alone. 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/cats-the-no-1-killer-of-birds-in-canada-1.3130437

 

Cats kill up to 3.7B birds annually

Cats that live in the wild or indoor pets allowed to roam outdoors kill from 1.4 billion to as many as 3.7 billion birds in the continental U.S. each year, says a new study that escalates a decades-old debate over the feline threat to native animals....

 

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That should make Woody Allen happy...one less rat with wings. 

 

Trivia...The rock pigeon is not  indigenous to the US.  Also are....

https://pqspb.org/bpqpoq/10-bird-species-introduced-to-north-america/

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I kind of feel the same way as Woody.

An entire gang of wayward pigeons have taken over the indoor area at my barn squeezing the lovely barn swallows to nest in other buildings. While the smaller birds will fly in the rafters away from us, when the pidgeons have fledglings they will dive bomb anyone in the arena. 

Our two barn cats rarely catch a little songbird, nor even the ground nesting killdeer on the property. Even though it skeezes me to see it, I feel the cat has done us all a favor when it takes a nuisance pigeon or two.

I make sure my feeders are safe from predators high & low.

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