Dec. 31 - New Caledonian crows are well-known for their ability to use tools but new research, recorded on video, reveals the impressive binocular overlap of the celebrated bird's vision which helps it seek out food. Researchers from the British universities of Oxford, Birmingham, and St Andrews got a bird's eye view of the crow at work by placing an ophthalmoscope video camera inside a baited tube and studying how the corvid uses its overlapping vision and straight bill to help it access larvae. Jim Drury has more.
As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.