Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mind Your Manners. A Raven Remembers.

The Youngster, by Amanda Corlies Sandos
According to a study published in Current Biology a week ago, Ravens have long memories and they are not afraid to show it. According to Markus Boekle and Thomas Bugnyar from the department of Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna, ravens remember former group members for extended periods of time. They also remember former affiliations with members outside their group, not to mention other species, and they will respond accordingly.

Actually, it was proven some time ago in another study that corvids, the family of which ravens are  proud members, never forget a face. Now, we know they will also remember any interactions they might have had with you. This recent study shows that based on these memories of previous interactions, ravens will either greet you nicely if you are considered a friend, or cuss you out in raven speak the minute they see you coming if they perceive you as a foe. And you might have seen ravens and crows chasing off predators more than twice their size. They can be downright nasty and seriously determined if they want to get rid of you. So, my advice is to mind your manners around the corvids of the world. They are many, they have long memories, and they are apparently keeping tabs. I'd hate for any of you to make it onto their foe list. For more on this story, head on over to Jennifer Vegas blog on Discovery News.

And if you are a fan of the raven, you will find one making another appearance today over at The Ravens Crossing, where my Morgan & Holly story was published by Thursday & Co. Join the adventure and find out what the raven has to say. This week, TRC is participating in the Showers of Books Giveaway Hop. All you have to do is make the jump and comment on any of the stories this week to be entered in our giveaway. The prize is a $15 Amazon Gift Certificate. Our raven will count you as a friend, I guarantee it.


annie said...

Interesting! When I was a child, there was a crow at Brookfield Zoo's Children's Zoo that had learned to speak several English words. So weird to hear a crow say "hello"!

Amanda Corlies said...

Yes, they are amazing when they talk. We had one I worked with that would freak me out because when she would talk, I was always looking around for another person. She said random things, too, not just hello. Like, "Hey, what's up?" and "How's it going?" I'd always jump and look around expecting there to be someone there, and then realize it was her. LOL!

Andi Lea said...

I think "The Youngster" would look really good on my mantle next to the other guy. :)

Amanda Corlies said...

Hmmm. Perhaps you have a point Andi. They would look good together. I seem to recall someone having a birthday coming up. So, we'll have to wait and see what happens. ;D