|See the shaggy feathers and the distinctive beak.|
|Note the distinctive Raven beak|
|See the food clutched in his beak|
Having established the Raven's ancestry,and given some other interesting characteristics, let's move onto their intelligence.
Ravens have some 30 calls which are used for social interaction ranging from danger alerts to food alerts. Ravens can mimic other birds as well as humans. One Raven may mimic, in fact, a partner to guide them home.
They have large brains and show a problem solving capability as well as other cognitive processes of imitation and insight.An experiment to look at insight and problem solving involved suspending a piece of meat from a perch. To be successful, the bird had to sit on the perch, pull up the string, stand on the loops in the string to gradually get at the meat. Four out of five Ravens were successful. I know humans who couldn't work that out.
They appear to have the ability to manipulate other animals to work for them. For instance, calling wolves or foxes to open carcasses for them for easy feeding.
They also appear to play for instance sliding in the snow, or engaging in aerobatics. All of these facts were taken from the same wikipedia article quoted in the Part 2 Raven post.
Feel like raising the Raven Banner yet?
I haven't moved onto a post on animals yet, but I think my admiration and respect for nature is growing exponentially, and for humans is declining at the same rate.
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