Did you know certain crows know how to read traffic lights?
in japan, carrion crows (corvus corone) use cars like oversized kitchen appliances. the birds have learned to take walnuts—a favorite treat—over to road intersections, where they put the hard-shelled snacks down onto the pavement. the crow then waits for a passing vehicle to smash the nut, after which it will swoop down and eat the delicious interior.
it's a risky trick, but the crows aren't usually run over because (unlike some people) they've figured out what traffic lights mean. carrion crows wait until the light turns red before flying down to place the un-cracked nut on the road. the second the light goes green, the crow takes off to watch the nut get run over from afar; it will even wait for the next red to scoop up the nut's insides.
this behavior isn't limited to just one corvid species: american crows have been observed doing the same thing in california.
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Only a couple more weeks until the over the edge event, presented by centier bank and lake area united way!
we're so excited for it that we thought we would take today to throwback to our awesome interview with @anthonycontrucci and lisa daugherty!
full episode in our bio!