Crows and Magpies Are Constructing Nests with Anti-Hen Spikes

  • Jul 13.

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Hostile structure is a design technique that restricts entry to public house. Spikes protruding from doorways, fences underneath stairs, and curved benches that require the person to stabilize themselves with their ft are examples of the inhumane apply that deters unhoused, poor, and younger folks from gathering in city areas. The strategy additionally applies to non-human species, and birds are main targets—a couple of years again, a Bristol tree was even noticed with spines lining its branches.

However as researchers from Naturalis Biodiversity Middle and the Pure Historical past Museum Rotterdam have found, our feathered pals have extra ingenuity than architects thought. A paper revealed this month in Deinsea highlights a number of examples of magpies and carrion crows constructing nests with strips of anti-bird spikes in each Rotterdam and Antwerp. Magpies are significantly enterprising and use pointed edges for his or her authentic function: many have lined the roofs of their properties with the spikes to discourage predators from snatching eggs.

Adhesive residue additionally means that the birds ripped the unwelcoming supplies from their authentic locations and mixed them with twigs, netting, and different findings. This comes after a number of sightings of cockatoos tearing the strips from buildings and is a part of a protracted historical past of avians utilizing human-made materials like knitting needles and barbed wire for his or her nests.  “It’s truly like a joke,” biologist Auke-Florian Hiemstra stated in regards to the findings. “Even for me as a nest researcher, these are the craziest chook nests I’ve ever seen.”


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