Hanging out at the airport: Unusual upside-down perching behavior by Eurasian Jackdaws (Corvus monedula) in a human-dominated environment

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Abstract

Animals occupying human-dominated environments show the capacity for behavioral flexibility. Corvids are among the most intelligent synanthropic bird species. During a layover at Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands, I photographically documented Eurasian Jackdaws (Corvus monedula) perching upside down from a building cornice. In contrast to other reports of hanging birds, these jackdaws did not forage or play while upside down and appeared to use the perching spot to observe their surroundings. Although Corvids and Psittacines are known to hang upside down, especially in captive situations, such behaviors are rarely documented in the wild, and never before in association with human-built structures.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Hanging out at the airport: Unusual upside-down perching behavior by Eurasian Jackdaws (Corvus monedula) in a human-dominated environment
Series title Wilson Journal of Ornithology
DOI 10.1676/15-211.1
Volume 128
Issue 4
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher The Wilson Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s) Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Description 5 p.
First page 926
Last page 930