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Do Birds Communicate With Their Eyes?
2014-02-05 12:41:12

University of Cambridge Researchers in Cambridge and Exeter have discovered that jackdaws use their eyes to communicate with each other – the first time this has been shown in non-primates. While what humans do with their eyes has been well studied, we know almost nothing about whether birds communicate with members of the same species with their eyes. The new study, published today in Biology Letters, shows that jackdaw eyes are used as a warning signal to successfully deter...

2009-08-06 18:14:51

Guards chasing an errant jackdaw in the royal palace in Stockholm damaged a portrait of the founder of the current Swedish royal family. The jackdaw is believed to have infiltrated the royal cabinet meeting room through a chimney, The Local reported, citing TV4. The guards, using bamboo sticks, tried to capture or kill the bird as it flew toward a portrait of King Charles XIV, but ripped the portrait. TV4 reported the Royal Court plans to put a net over the chimneys to keep birds out of the...

2009-04-02 12:28:23

We all know that people sometimes change their behavior when someone is looking their way. Now, a new study reported online on April 2nd in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, shows that jackdaws"”birds related to crows and ravens with eyes that appear similar to human eyes"”can do the same."Jackdaws seem to recognize the eye's role in visual perception, or at the very least they are extremely sensitive to the way that human eyes are oriented," said Auguste von Bayern,...

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2007-05-23 03:00:00

By Michael McCarthy Happy anniversary: the man who gave us the key to the natural world was born 300 years ago today. Carl Linnaeus, who created the system of scientific names that we still use for all living things, began life in a turf-roofed farmstead in southern Sweden on 23 May, 1707. If Hamlet is the world's most famous Dane, Linnaeus is the world's most famous Swede, surpassing in renown even the warrior- king Gustavus Adolphus, Strindberg, Ingmar Bergman and Abba. His face has...


Latest Jackdaw Reference Libraries

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2006-02-24 16:18:05

The House Crow (Corvus splendens) is a common Asian bird which is native to India, Pakistan, Ceylon, Maldives and Laccadive Islands, South West Thailand as well as coastal southern Iran. It has been introduced to East Africa around Zanzibar and Port Sudan, and arrived in Australia via ship but has up to now been exterminated. It is associated with human settlements in all of its range, from small villages to large cities. In size it is between the Jackdaw and the Carrion Crow being on...

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2006-02-24 16:03:57

The Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) is one of the smallest species in the genus of crows and ravens. They measure 34-39 cm in length and most of the plumage is black or greyish black except for the cheeks, nape and neck which are light grey to greyish silver. The iris is greyish white or silvery white, the only member of the genus outside of the Australasian region to have this feature. This bird is sociable and moves around in pairs (male and female) or sometimes in larger groups, though the pairs...

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2006-02-24 12:25:52

PHOTO CAPTION: American Crow True crows are in the genus Corvus. They are large passerine birds. All temperate continents (except South America) and several offshore and oceanic islands (including Hawaii) have representatives of the 40 or so members of this genus. Crows in the genus (Corvus) appear to have evolved in central Asia and spread out into North America (including Mexico), Africa, Europe, and Australia. The latest evidence, however, appears to point towards an Australasian...

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