Since it’s Super Bowl Sunday and none of the teams I care about are playing this year (Mark Sanchez is a disgrace), I figure I’ll root for the Ravens because at least that’s a dinosaur.

 Anyway, the common raven (Corvus corax) is a very intelligent bird related to crows and blue jays. Capable of problem solving, ravens have been recently discovered to use gestures, like pointing, in the wild. Ravens interact with each other using their beaks, usually at the opposite sex, pointing at objects of interest. This is the first time this behavior has been observed in the wild by a non-primate species.

Learn more:
Ravens Use ‘Hand’ Gestures to Communicate (LiveScience, 2011)

Ontogeny of Social Relations and Coalition Formation in Common Ravens (Corvus corax) (2012)

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