Birds join forces to betray Australian scientists

A group of Australian ecologists knew that magpies were a very social species, but when songbirds joined forces to thwart researchers’ follow-up plans, they were more than expected. I have found it to be much more altruistic and collaborative.

Researchers in Queensland want to collect data from Australia’s Casasagihue using a mini GPS tracker, a common tool used in animal research, to collect information such as patterns and schedules throughout the day. Was there. They also sought to investigate how age, gender, or dominance rank affected their activities.

But within minutes of attaching the tracker to the bird, they pecked the bird. this is. .. ..was Capture with video Until the bird leaves the area.

“This behavior shows that magpies have both cooperation and medium-level problem-solving.” report He said it was published in Australian Wild Bird Science.

Dominique Potvin, an animal ecologist and co-author of the study, observed that one magpie snaps another bird tracker.

“A magpie without a tracker approached one of the individuals who had a tracker and started poking it,” she told AAP.

“We were thinking” What’s happening? Are they trying to stop it? And we were thinking. “Oh, it’s really hard to get rid of these things. There’s no way you can do that.”

Follow-up using animal-mounted devices is common, and bird tracking is the advanced cooperation, social structure, or problem-solving required to remove a tracker as magpies did in this study. Focuses on species such as seabirds and waterfowl that did not show.

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Magpies are one of the rarest animals that are highly intelligent and can recognize their reflections in the mirror. (Mabel Amber / Aliexpress)

“The move they were making was clear and targeted, like,’I’m going to get rid of this huge thing from you,'” Potobin said.

“They had to show tremendous tenacity or problem-solving by taking different actions and chopping at different points so that they could overcome it.”

The researchers were so impressed with the behavior that they decided to see if they could find recorded cases of animals that took the tracker away from their peers.

“It turns out that there was nothing in the literature. This was actually a whole new behavior in a whole new situation and it was a bit cool,” said Potvin.

Researchers have previously confirmed that Australian magpies can recognize and remember up to 100 people. This explains why Australians are often the target of birds that can be very territorial during the breeding season (also known as plunge in Australia).

Jesse Chan


Jessie Zhang is a Sydney-based reporter with Australian news and a focus on health and the environment. Contact her at [email protected]

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