Friday, July 16, 2010

Corvus coronoides

Corvus coronoides, the Australian Raven, a member of the global Crow family.   Crows are fascinating animals, here in Australia they've learned to time their munching of the road-kill with the passing traffic.  In this TED talk Joshua Klein talks about an invention of his, the 'Crow vending machine' and observes that while we're often concerned and interested in the plight of endangered animals we haven't paid as much attention to the animals that are thriving.  Some animals like Rabbits or Seagulls seem to survive based on breeding ability, but as Joshua points out, crows actually thrive in part because of their interactions of humans.

[h/t Shiloh]


Jon said...

You probably have enough books to read but if you get a chance check out Tim Low's "The New Nature". If you were a little closer I'd lend you mine.

Anonymous said...

Hi Luke,
Really interesting story, and fascinating just how intelligent this group of birds is. Just one pedantic comment from a bird watcher - Corvus coronoides IS the common member of the family (though technically a Raven, rather than a crow) on mainland Australia, but a different species - Corvus tasmannicus, the Forest Raven - occurs here in Tasmania and just a few paces on the mainland. We actually have five species of corvid in Australia (or 6, if you count the infrequent vagrant House Crow). All are VERY intelligent!!

There, that's my pedantic 'sermon' for the day!

John Tongue