Hunters ring dinner bell for Ravens: Experimental evidence of a unique foraging strategy

@article{White2005HuntersRD,
  title={Hunters ring dinner bell for Ravens: Experimental evidence of a unique foraging strategy},
  author={C. White},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2005},
  volume={86},
  pages={1057-1060}
}
We have long known that corvids are adaptively flexible in behavior, but have rarely tested their flexibility and creativity in solving problems outside the laboratory. Through a carefully controlled experiment conducted in the wild, I have found that Common Ravens (Corvus corax) fly toward gunshot sounds, presumably in order to locate animal gut piles left by hunters. This is the first conclusive evidence of any scavenger species pursuing gunshots. Furthermore, ravens exhibited this behavior… Expand
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