Birds at Play

Here’s a couple of amazing videos demonstrating playfulness and intelligence in our avian friends.

First, here’s a kea parrot (New Zealand) rolling snowballs.

Next, here’s a crow sledding on a roof. Not just sliding, sledding. The little bugger’s got himself a sled, a fascinating case of tool use (something we once thought separated man from the “lower” animals).

This world’s a wonderful place.

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4 Responses to Birds at Play

  1. James K says:

    Keas can be cute, but they’re rather less so when they’re tearing your car to pieces.

  2. Jeremy Sell says:

    I saw the sledding crow the other day and thought it was really cool. Funny what animals do to amuse themselves when they aren’t busy with just surviving.

  3. James Hanley says:

    James K,
    Even in the U.S. keashave been featured on nature shows a lot, so probably most Americans who’ve actually heard of keas are familiar with what you’re talking about. Other than sheep and hobbits, keas are probably the commonly known aspect of New Zealand in the U.S.

  4. Lance says:

    I like the way the crow turns his “sled” over to get in the correct side. Crows are smart birds.

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