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A Snowboarding Crow

January 19, 2012
(c) Roberta F., under a creative commons license

(c) Roberta F., under a creative commons license

This video shows a crow in Russia “snowboarding” on a city rooftop. I kid you not. He found a plastic lid (or something like that), flew it up to the top of a snowy roof, stepped on it, and slid down. Then he did it again.

As I’ve mentioned before, all of the corvids (crows, ravens, jays, etc.) are really amazing, intelligent birds, with the ability to fashion and use tools, recognize human faces, and adapt to many environments, including fairly dense urban areas. This is a great example of play behavior — playtime is most definitely not limited to humans, and as you can see here, even adult animals jump in the game from time to time. Here’s a link to a very brief article the ethologist (animal behavior researcher) Marc Bekoff wrote about the video.

I have to say that I’m jealous, though. We’ve had a pretty much snow-free winter here in DC, and he looks like he’s having fun!

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