Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Day #518 Wolf Birds

Dr. Bernd Heinrich calls the raven a “wolf-bird.”
The reason?
I’m glad you asked.
In the wild, ravens tend to follow wolves around the forest, knowing that the wolves will eventually make a kill, and the ravens will be ready for clean-up detail. Ravens are incapable of killing for themselves; they have to depend on another carnivore for that job.
Dr. H said that in his research on the communication among ravens, he tried to lure them to his study area with freshly dead calf carcasses. Unfortunately, the ravens were smart enough not to approach anything he left out. But as soon as the wolves made a kill -- ahh! Raven-feast-time!

Coming up tomorrow: How loud is a raven?
BEEattitude for Day #518:
       Blessed are those who strive to understand others, for they shall have better conversations.
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AggiePete said...

That is fascinating that ravens and wolves are 'buddies' in the killing/food connection and that ravens don't kill. I never knew that and I'm sure there are alot of others who didn't either.

Fran Stewart said...

I wonder if Edgar Allen Poe knew this much about ravens???