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Chris Boccia's Avatar Comment 1 by Chris Boccia

Now that's some alliteration.

Mon, 28 May 2012 18:10:24 UTC | #944014

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 2 by Alan4discussion

They found that compared to their ancestors, birds' faces became flattened, and their brain cases relatively larger. That's exactly what young dinosaurs' skulls looked like.

Could if be pecking out of a harder eggs shell, or streamlining for flight, would evolve a flattened tapered face?

BTW : We discussed feather evolution and Theropods evolving into birds here: - http://richarddawkins.net/articles/587327-feather-evolution

Mon, 28 May 2012 20:27:39 UTC | #944048

bluebird's Avatar Comment 3 by bluebird

I presume these are the photos and/or CAT scans of the critters link text

This was a fun article to read with my cordon bleu finches just a few feet from me!

Mon, 28 May 2012 21:01:43 UTC | #944065

justinesaracen's Avatar Comment 4 by justinesaracen

I always wondered how the term 'bird-brain' arose when birds are in fact, quite smart.

I have two lovebirds, a Peach-face and a Fischer's lovebird, who fly freely in a room of their own (provided with tree branches for a 'normal' birdie life. Both are tame, but the (smaller) Fischer's interacts with me much more than the Peach-face, flying across the room to me in anticipation of breakfast, nipping me when she wants more millet, and replying when I whistle to her.

For ventilation, rather than close the door, I hung a gauze curtain over the doorway, but after a few months, she discovered how to pivot around the edge and escape the room. One day, I saw her escape and land on the picture frame across the hallway. As I approached, she noticed me and, rather than fleeing me, she hurried back into her room, pivoting in the opposite direction on the curtain edge, as if to pretend nothing had ever happened.

Since then, I have found the picture frame askew (and bird-pooped) several times, so I know she has gotten out again, but each time, she returns to her room on her own. It seems to be her little bit of naughtiness.

Such behavior can't be spontaneous. She obviously remembers both how to get out and how to get back in, and she seems to even plan for it when I'm not around to chase her down. Plus, there is no reward for her effort, only the naughty pleasure of the 'outing.'

She is utterly adorable because of her coloring (about five colors) but obviously there is a charming little schemer inside that gorgeous body as well.

Tue, 29 May 2012 07:47:12 UTC | #944168

Andres Heredia's Avatar Comment 5 by Andres Heredia

fascinating!

Wed, 30 May 2012 03:12:07 UTC | #944371