Magpies Have Outwitted Scientists By Helping Each Other Remove Tracking Devices

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Australian magpies are social birds; they live in groups of up to 12 individuals that help each other defend territory and raise each other’s young. A recent pilot study involving small trackers has revealed that they engage in another social behaviour rarely seen in birds called “rescuing”. In birds, rescuing is the act of helping others without expecting a reward; in this case, the magpies helped each other remove the tracking devices the researchers put on them, perhaps perceiving the devices as parasites that needed removing. Read full article here

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