Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Black-billed Magpie

Black-billed Magpie
Park City, Utah, USA
Member of the Crows and Jays Family
 ~true bird fact~ One of very few non-human animals who are able to recognize their own reflection in a mirror. This is called the Mirror Test (pro click for picture of dog looking into mirror), and is thought to be an indication of self awareness. Besides our Magpie friend here, only great apes, dolphins, orcas, and elephants pass it. Kinda crazy, huh?
§A Tiding of Magpies§

No money, but always sharply dressed
Considers himself a gadfly of bird society, like Socraties
Likes to push the envelope, upset people
Sometimes hard to understand his motivations
A charmer

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