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August 21st, 2008 at 11:20 pm

Self Recognition Bird

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 Pretty soon there going to think there to fat and not want to look at themselves…. just wait

A new study suggests that a magpie recognizes itself in the mirror. Signs of self-recognition are illustrated here: a bird looking in the mirror attempts to remove a paint spot, using its beak and then its food…

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Magpies sing a self-reflective tune to themselves that until now has gone unheard. When placed in front of a mirror, these songbirds realize that they’re looking at themselves, raising the possibility that they have independently evolved the brain power to support a basic form of self-recognition, a new study suggests.

Magpies are the first non-mammal to demonstrate a rudimentary affinity for self-recognition, psychologist Helmut Prior of Goethe University of Frankfurt in Germany and his colleagues report in the Aug. 19 PLoS Biology. Members of the corvid family, which includes crows and ravens, magpies join apes, bottlenose dolphins and elephants as the only animals other than humans that have been observed to understand that a mirror image belongs to their own body.

 

Via Science news

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