Monday, April 1, 2013

Crows can recognise human faces!

Yes they can.

In fact, scientists say many birds recognise individual humans but they probably do this by using a variety of cues, including height, build, colour, clothes or ways of walking. Crows, however, can actually recognise faces. Amazing, isn't it.

Red-eyed crows of Nexus Resort Karambunai, Sabah. Photo by de engineur

This has been confirmed by experiments in which scientists put on various masks and then trapped a group of wild crows and fixed rings to their legs. After letting the birds go, they walked around recording whom the crows mobbed or scolded with their harsh, warning cries.

The trapped crows, which had previously ignored these individuals, now reacted aggressively to anyone wearing the trappers’ masks, regardless of their size, clothes, or gait.

So, don't underestimate the statement by movie makers who portrayed crow's presence as bad omen and its aggression towards human. LOL, that's from me - don't be bothered.

ref - Sciencefocus


LifeRamblings said...

i'm not a fan of crows. they are annoying and make so much noise.

thomas said...

I know they will recognise me if i do something bad to them.

rainfield61 said...

This is so true.

A crow will attack once it meet the people who did bad earlier.

de engineur said...

I didnt pay much attention to this kind of things until i read what the experiment found.

Belle Edwin said...

betul!!! husband sy pernah kena attack... dia halau ni burung ba dulu..sambil baling batu, burung ikuuuuut dia..pastu dia langgar kepala husband sy...hahahah

Anonymous said...

Amazing! I wonder if they can be more intelligent than us sometimes?