Hi there

I just came across a clip (link below) of some crows seemingly playing in some snow on a car.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/02 … ny-animals

Naturally I'm fascinated. I know crows are very intelligent but I had no idea that they would play. I thought playing was usually done by juveniles to develop skills necessary for adult life (e.g. kittens stalking and chasing one another). I've never heard of birds doing this. It looks like they are doing it for fun too (unless sliding down windows is a necessary skill for an adult crow). I thought the only other animal, apart from man, to play for the sake of having fun was the dolphin.

Can anyone shed any light on this? Perhaps crows are even more clever than we thought. Let's hope they haven't watched any Hitchcock.


Actually, quite a few animals are known to enagage in 'play' behaviours (here's a great review of soem of that: http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology … t-to-play/ ) it's not just things like otters that get all the attention.

As for intelligence, crows (especially the New Caledonian crow) are exceptionally smart, potentially at the levels of some higher primates. They are capable of complex behaviours and problem solving.