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^Barred Eagle Owl, Asia!

Our amazing world - via: time-to-be-natural - Imgend

Mandarin Duck - what an incredibly beautiful bird.

The kitsch crowd puts owls on everything these days, but how well do we actually know these wise, old birds? Barn owlettes, for instance, are nicer to each other than human siblings! Ok, ok that’s not terribly impressive ... but some owls are inspiring quieter airplane designs and the Blakiston’s fish owl breeds in temps of 30 below, scoops up salmon 3x its own weight, and is so big it’s sometimes mistaken for a bear.

Wood Duck jump from Natural Cavity Photography - Stan Tekiela

Called “feathered apes” for their simian like smarts, crows use tools, understand physics, and recognize themselves and humans. But new research suggests that the brainy birds may be even smarter than was previously thought. Given a complex problem and an assortment of tools, New Caledonian crows came up with a creative solution that hints at higher-order thinking.