for those wondering how to establish trade relations with crows:
- feed crows food A regularly
- when crows decide to bring you gifts, feed them food B
- when crows bring you different categories of gifts, feed them a food-per-category, ex: food C for jewelry, food D for paper money, etc
- crows will recognize these exchange patterns and opt to bring you things in order to acquire desired treats
good luck! 🐦
@garbados these are very welcome tips, thank you
I wonder if you can do something similar with octopuses... 🐙
@InvaderXan @pagrus @garbados I remember reading that they were generally disinterested in video playbacks until they were arranged a high-fps footage and display because they can see at a much higher fps than we do, so our usual stuff looks like a high speed gallery show instead of anything resembling movement.
Have any of you read "The Soul of the Octopus?" It's all about cephalopod intelligence.
I can't remember if it was that book or somewhere else where I read a story of someone who used their hands to communicate with cuttlefish. They have 10 tentacles.
Sorry to hear about your octo. ☹️
@solarpunkgnome @pagrus @InvaderXan @polychrome @garbados Oh goodness, I would love to know where you found that! I've tried making hand-shapes at the cuttlefish at the New England Aquarium, but only once or twice did they seem to respond...
I suspect my hands need to have chromatophores for it to really work. Special gloves? :-D
One time I was at an aquarium and saw a timid little cuttlefish hiding in the back of a tank. So I crouched down so it was at eye level and waggled my fingers against the glass.
That got it’s attention and it came out and touched one arm against the glass, where my fingers were. Sadly, some douche with a camera flash scared it away.
@InvaderXan but they are scary! It's like an oceanic alien spider that is super clever. Nope. No. I'm just gonna keep my distance.
They just want to be friends though! And just imagine what you look like to them, all bony and hairy. No wonder they hide from humans!
@garbados if a crows decides to start bringing me porter checks I won't be even mad
@efi what is a porter check?
@garbados gosh they’re so smart i love them so much
Crows at my college would bring me walnuts to crack for them.
@Roxxie_Riot nice! teamwork 🐦
@garbados can crows recognize different paper money? e.g. food X for $1, for Y for $100?
@SoniEx2 unknown! lmk if you find out :D
@garbados I don't think we have crows here... :(
@SoniEx2 aw :( maybe there are other birds who will understand?
@garbados heck i wish there were crows here i would have been the weird crow girl with 50 crows bringing me teeth and me being too terrified to figure out a way to stop it.
@garbados faster method: offer 90% breadcrumbs 10% exodia, hits that gambler bird psyche
I may end up trying this with Australian magpies, partially for gifts but mostly so they tell their friends not to swoop me.
@garbados if my crows (the nesting pair outside my apartment that I've been feeding peanuts for the last couple of years) ever bring me *anything*, I'm going to give them SO MANY TREATS. like "WHAT DO YOU WANT, TELL ME"
@garbados ... of course, it's possible the crows are bringing me things and the squirrels are stealing them. HMMM.
@garbados This allows the crows to indicate which are the most desirable treats, *and/or* what they can find most easily. But how do you figure out the right pairings? E.g. if they are to bring you money, which is scarce to them and valuable to you, you'd need to offer one of their most-desirable (and scarcest) treats.
Set out a buffet and see what they go for first?
It would also be useful to be able to ask for specific items, and have them indicate what they would want in return. 🤔
I have crows the visit me regularly. We've been feeding them, but not regularly. I'm interesting in trying this out to see what happens!
@garbados crows are lovely birds and id love to give that a try with the group that lives in my yard.
though about gorillas ive seen questions on whether theyve actually been taught a language or have been trained to respond to the researchers with pseudo language, just somethings ive heard in passing from scientists i follow on twitter though nothing specific ive read
@daylight another person brought up the pitfalls of calling it a “language” because in practice it’s been more like a static set of symbols rather than a living comms construct. teaching a stranger an intermediary code to facilitate comms is just one of the tools in our xenodiplomatic kit, but i think the real trick comes when strangers pass the code among themselves and it *becomes* a language, facilitating complex dialogue. that will be an astonishing accomplishment.
@garbados big agree and i hope to be proven wrong on that front
@garbados all I have is pigeons and vultures....
@garbados I started feeding some local dudes last winter but they moved on after the seasons and food sources changed. I’m going to try again, this has been a goal of mine for years.
@garbados boosting this daily, don’t mind me
@garbados It's unironically been a dream of mine for years to establish a trade of shiny items for treats with the neighborhood crows.
Currently they're regularly leaving moldy pizza from the pizza place up the street on my mailbox.
@garbados woah, i think i'm gonna find some time to try that when it's summer! i wonder how long you need to communicate with them before it gets meaningful! and how you tell crows apart, what if crows are different each morning in the same place?
@garbados i really envy stories about people being friends with (not so) wild animals, though i myself would better not get into deep relationships with someone like that as i'm not gonna live in this city for long... :x
@garbados this is amazing
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