Friday, January 15, 2016

Why crows hold funerals for their dead

Crows are known to gather together around other dead crows but the behavior was a mystery, until now. (Photo: John C Evans/Shutterstock)

There's an unusual but known behavior among crows, that they gather around the bodies of their dead. A crow dead on the street or in a field will be surrounded by a few to a dozen or more crows, all seeming to contemplate their fallen comrade. The notion of crow funerals has been documented but not necessarily understood, so University of Washington biologists Kaeli Swift and John Marzluff decided to create experiments to find out what exactly is happening.


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