My name is Jenn and I love corvids. I study wild American crows and am constantly impressed by them, even after years of working with them. My goal on this blog is to spread the corvid love by sharing information and dispelling common myths.
Feel free to ask me anything :)
These are truly some of the most fascinating birds on the planet!
The livestream talk/chat went really well! We got nearly 1,000 viewers and they had to set up a second viewing location at the lab itself, because the lecture room was full!! It warms my heart to see so much crow love!!
If you missed the talk and want to see it, it will be available here in a week: http://bit.ly/BirdTalksArchive
Great observation! And great question! Birds do pant to cool themselves! As you can imagine, birds can’t sweat, so panting is a good way to get rid of excess heat. Panting increases evaporation across moist surfaces, such as those found in the mouth, throat, and lungs, and helps cool the body. Some birds do “gular fluttering" (rapidly flapping the membranes below the bill to increase evaporative cooling), but that type of thermoregulation is mostly seen in non-passerines.
Here are some photos I have of crows panting on hot days:
I didn’t get to see it happen, but I’m so excited! Yay for hideous altricial offspring!! Though they will get cute fast. Can’t wait to see what the parents bring to the nest :)
Awww!!! Thank you!!! They do rock!!
The most likely explanation is that toucans already filled the niches that Corvus would have occupied, leaving the crows no real opportunity to colonize South America.
I hate to say “I told you so”, but, well, I have a lot of experience dealing with people who hate certain wildlife and want nothing more than to kill copious amounts of them. It comes with the territory when you study “pest” and predator species. If you are interested in advocating for wildlife and stopping these mass killing competitions, please refer to my advice in this post.
Once again, PLEASE SUPPORT THE BANNING OF KILLING CONTESTS. Rip Van Winkle, among other places, is trying very hard to get the bill shot down (pun intended).
Unlike what they would have you believe, banning wildlife killing contests is NOT anti-hunting, nor does it have anything to do with the second amendment. It has everything to do with ethics and responsibility. As I’ve said before, real sportsmen/women oppose such contests.
Anyhow, please, please spread the word in support for Bill S.4074 which “Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to organize, conduct, promote or participate in any contest or competition where the objective of such contest or competition is to take the greatest number of wildlife.”