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Birds hold 'funerals' for dead: Strange or Cute?

JMCC 2012/09/01 10:47:15
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Some birds, it seems, hold funerals for their dead.

When western scrub jays encounter a dead bird, they call out to one another and stop foraging.

The jays then often fly down to the dead body and gather around it, scientists have discovered.

The behaviour may have evolved to warn other birds of nearby danger, report researchers in California, who have published the findings in the journal Animal Behaviour.

The revelation comes from a study by Teresa Iglesias and colleagues at the University of California, Davis, US.

They conducted experiments, placing a series of objects into residential back yards and observing how western scrub jays in the area reacted.

The objects included different coloured pieces of wood, dead jays, as well as mounted, stuffed jays and great horned owls, simulating the presence of live jays and predators.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/19421217#.UEHmgCrN_a8....

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  • stevmackey 2012/09/01 20:08:27
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    stevmackey
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    Not strange. A fox will mate for life. If the other dies the fox will not mate again.

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  • Vision of Verve 2012/09/03 00:56:17
  • Bob DiN 2012/09/02 16:22:10
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    Bob DiN
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    Puzzeling.
  • Windy 2012/09/02 04:55:09
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    Windy
    +4
    Interesting. People want to refuse to attribute to animals and bird the same emotions people have and/or their ability to reason, this is just one more discovery that proves they DO have the same kinds of emotions and the ability to reason. It's not the first such discovery and it will not be the last, either.
  • Flea 2012/09/02 00:13:02
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    Flea
    +4
    It's not really strange, since birds are highly intelligent animals ( and animals of high intelligence grieve their dead) , but it's not really cute either ( never saw a cute funeral before).
  • DeeB 2012/09/01 20:38:24
    Cute and...
    DeeB
    +4
    I don't think humans cornered the market for grieving!
  • Vicereine Killbride 2012/09/01 20:33:29
    Cute and...
    Vicereine Killbride
    +3
    I knew that, so it isn't strange. But I think it's cute and kind of smart.
  • Sister Jean 2012/09/01 20:09:44
    Strange and...
    Sister Jean
    +5
    mourning dove mate just once
  • stevmackey 2012/09/01 20:08:27
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    stevmackey
    +7
    Not strange. A fox will mate for life. If the other dies the fox will not mate again.
  • JMCC stevmackey 2012/09/01 20:11:51
    JMCC
    +5
    It is the same with swans...
  • MAZ142 2012/09/01 13:40:03
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    MAZ142
    +5
    Ha ha I see I'm not the only one who follows the BBC xD and I'd rather think its interesting, see there's so much more we have to learn about our planet still.
  • thє вluє wαndєrєr 2012/09/01 13:33:07 (edited)
  • Cookielane 2012/09/01 13:24:37
    Cute and...
    Cookielane
    +5
    Bless their little hearts!
  • Missile 2012/09/01 12:53:26
    Cute and...
    Missile
    +5
    and very touching to think that this happens and keeps humans in their place and makes us realise maybe we don't know it all when it comes to the animal kingdom.
  • thє вlu... Missile 2012/09/01 13:35:31
  • .: LiVi :. 2012/09/01 12:44:56
    Cute and...
    .: LiVi :.
    +6
    Not strange, I already knew this. Magpies do it in Australia, and so do cockatoos. Sad, makes me wonder if they feel pain at the loss of their friend as we do
  • thє вlu... .: LiVi :. 2012/09/01 13:36:19
  • Queen B .: LiVi :. 2012/09/01 16:44:03
    Queen B
    +5
    I think it would be wrong to think the human animal is the only ones who feel pain from loss.
  • TheR 2012/09/01 12:26:10
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    TheR
    +4
    Not strange. It is life itself.
  • Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪ 2012/09/01 12:20:37
    Strange and...
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    +3
    Strange and natural.
  • MJ 2012/09/01 12:18:59
    Cute and...
    MJ
    +6
    and tender

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