This is so amazing I had to interrupt my So Texas series to share this video of a crow in Russia that appears to be snowboarding down a snowy roof, using a jar lid as it’s ‘snowboard’. In the video the crow uses it’s beak to pick up the jar lid and flies back up to the top of the roof then surfs back down again. Before it’s last trip down the roof it tries to go down a section of roof where the snow has melted and it doesn’t slide, so it picks up the jar lid and slides down a snowy side of the roof.
This video was taken by a Russian family whom you can hear talking in the background as they watch this amazing behavior. The video was posted on the ‘Russia Today News‘ website.
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The crow in the video is a Hooded Crow, a Eurasian species (birds found on the continent of Europe and Asia). More photos of this species can be seen here. Crows are members of the corvid family which also includes ravens, magpies and jays. This family of birds is well known to be very intelligent. A BBC article describes some of the scientific research on them and notes that this family of birds “has astonished scientists with extraordinary feats of memory, an ability to employ complex social reasoning and, perhaps most strikingly, a remarkable aptitude for crafting and using tools.”