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The Princess and the Peacoat
CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING REQUESTS
Go home bird, you’re drunk.
Drunk? Naw, just proving how smart as fuck they are!
In recent years, biologists have recognized that birds engage in play. Juvenile Common Ravens are among the most playful of bird species. They have been observed to slide down snowbanks, apparently purely for fun. They even engage in games with other species, such as playing catch-me-if-you-can with wolves, otters and dogs. Common Ravens are known for spectacular aerobatic displays, such as flying in loops or interlocking talons with each other in flight.
They are also one of only a few wild animals who make their own toys. They have been observed breaking off twigs to play with socially.
“Stop trying to make snow angels, you already have wings”
“YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME”
*rolls around everywhere*
“I don’t know you”
Ravens are so cool!
via Flickr: Bald Eagles generally don’t like to share their close personal space but this one seemed to enjoy/tolerate the company of a Common Raven for some time today down on the river ice. The raven was clearly in play mode, chortling, babbling happily to himself as only ravens can, and playing with chunks of ice. Most unusual.
Addendum: Is the raven in danger here? For the most part, I think not. It has a larger brain, better reasoning/problem solving ability, is faster, more agile and more coordinated. Unless this raven is a little gaga, I suspect that it knows its limits and is quite safe. I might also add that upon closer examination of this image, the raven seems to be displaying his translucent “nictitating” eye membrane, typically used for eye protection in many species, and in this case, a raven power display. Ravens are great mimics of other birds’ vocalizations. Perhaps this pose is another dimension of that mimicry or perhaps just coincidence?
Leucistic WHITE RAVEN
©Vancouver Island Birds/Mike Yip
Once upon a midnight DEAL WITH IT.
I give a fuck, nevermore.
merely a bro, nothing more.
…to the tune of the 1978 John Paul Young pop hit. In this courtship ritual, the male raven offers the female (with raised head feather tufts above the eyes) a stick. Mating for life, these birds are likely already a monogamous couple, but the rituals help get them in the mood for you know what in a few weeks.