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Toolmaking Crows

Toolmaking Crows

Author: Trevor Quirk/Wednesday, March 18, 2020/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, birds, adventure

The UK's Royal Society's Biology Letters has documented the curious use of tools by New Caledonian crows, as reported by the CS Monitor. Other animals and birds, are known to use tools, but these crows are distinct in that they manufacture the tools it uses to forage for prey like larvae and insects. Their tool is hook-like, usually constructed by cutting a small branch at two key points.The team of UK researchers captured the hunting behavior of the crows by attaching tiny cameras to their tail feathers, which is how this amazing video was produced. A short video illustrates how clever these birds really are.

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