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Loving nests give New Caledonian crows an edge over others

February 1, 2011

A recent article from the New York Times sheds some light on the awesomeness of New Caledonian crows.

What?  You’ve never heard of ’em?  Me, neither.  But it seems these crows are miles ahead of their feathered counterparts.  Even matching the dexterity of chimpanzees.  And all the little crow peeps are raised in very loving nests.


The formula for crow success may not be terribly different from the nostrums commonly served up to people:

Let your offspring have an extended childhood in a stable and loving home;

lead by example;

offer positive reinforcement;

be patient and persistent;

indulge even a near-adult offspring by occasionally popping a fresh cockroach into its mouth;

and realize that at any moment a goshawk might swoop down and put an end to the entire pedagogical program.

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