I have bit to do with wild birds in a marine sanctuary, and a few come to me on call. A such I was entranced by the capability of this bird, and hope anyone who bothers to watch it, [click here on this youtube link], enjoys the show!
Thank you Ray, since the drought, we have become the “Waterhole” for Topknot Pigeons ,Butcherbirds,Magpies,some small clean ones (They come daily to bathe)that love the Passiflora hedge’s blossoms, also a couple of colourful Parrots
Keep doing it Tulip. Many birds will stick around after things improve, much to our ongoing delight. I have written and or published many books on stuff including some scientific books. One being about the birds of our local marine sanctuary. Ive got to know many of them personally and they me. In an outdoor restaurant where birds are unwelcome, A wattle bird that I call Charlie, comes when I call, and sneaks in under the table to sit on my leg while I surreptitiously feed him. I know it sounds odd but can also talk five words in crow, after hearing about such calls on line!
My late sister got into a routine , after her husband passed away, of sitting out on the back verandah with a cup of tea and biscuits. Doves started to curiously wander in, and of course they got some crumbs. After some time of this routine,, she would call out: “Come on”, and blow me down about 50 doves would fly in, and she scattered seed for them.
They had got to know her routine and her voice, so whole families of birds would fly in. Wonderful. Birds are wonderful creatures. Have often wondered why the nickname: bird brain came about. They are quite intelligent.
Magpies can recognise faces…so if you live near where they nest, they won’t swoop you. But if a stranger walks past, they will.
I thought it strange pictures of a bird it bobbing up and down but no sound.
So off goes the computer, next day to my surprise up comes bird and all the sound -terrific. My daughter says hey thats fake, no way we say, remember that bird at the garden centre in its cage every time we spoke it repeated what we said. Mmm says daughter.
They say animals and especially birds are very intelligent.