social sophistication

tags: Eurasian Jackdaw, Corvus monedula, body language, behavior, peer-reviewed paper Eurasian Jackdaw, Corvus monedula. This is the smallest species of corvid (crows and ravens). Image: Wikipedia [larger view]. Those of you who go birding will know what I am talking about when I say that birds are so capable of reading human body language that they know when we are looking at them, which frequently causes them to hide from our gaze. However, this capacity has never before been scientifically studied in birds, until now, that is. A newly published paper studied handraised, tame Eurasian…