Friday, July 16, 2010

Corvus coronoides

Corvus coronoides, the Australian Raven, a member of the global Crow family.   Crows are fascinating animals, here in Australia they've learned to time their munching of the road-kill with the passing traffic.  In this TED talk Joshua Klein talks about an invention of his, the 'Crow vending machine' and observes that while we're often concerned and interested in the plight of endangered animals we haven't paid as much attention to the animals that are thriving.  Some animals like Rabbits or Seagulls seem to survive based on breeding ability, but as Joshua points out, crows actually thrive in part because of their interactions of humans.

[h/t Shiloh]