Crows and Ravens are Masters of Self-Control
New study shows that corvids know when patience pays off.
by Purbita Saha
A new study in Animal Behavior finds that birds might have more self-control than you in that situation.
German researchers discovered that ravens and crows have the ability to suppress their cravings—once they know that there’s better food on the table.
Friederike Hillemann, a Master’s student at Gottingen University, tested the decisiveness of corvids by experimenting with delayed gratification—turning down an immediate reward for a better reward later. First, she and her colleagues observed the dietary preferences of seven carrion crows and five common ravens. All 12 captive-bred birds were presented with choices of fried pork, beans, bread, sausage, corn, grapes, and cheese, with the researchers recording which entrees each bird preferred…
(read more: Audubon Magazine)
photo: Alois Staudacher/Flickr

Crows and Ravens are Masters of Self-Control

New study shows that corvids know when patience pays off.

by Purbita Saha

A new study in Animal Behavior finds that birds might have more self-control than you in that situation.

German researchers discovered that ravens and crows have the ability to suppress their cravings—once they know that there’s better food on the table.

Friederike Hillemann, a Master’s student at Gottingen University, tested the decisiveness of corvids by experimenting with delayed gratification—turning down an immediate reward for a better reward later. First, she and her colleagues observed the dietary preferences of seven carrion crows and five common ravens. All 12 captive-bred birds were presented with choices of fried pork, beans, bread, sausage, corn, grapes, and cheese, with the researchers recording which entrees each bird preferred…

(read more: Audubon Magazine)

photo: Alois Staudacher/Flickr

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