Altruism in birds? Magpies have outwitted scientists by helping each other remove tracking devices

By Dominique Potvin
February 23 2022 - 6:00pm
Magpie. Photo: File
Magpie. Photo: File

When we attached tiny, backpack-like tracking devices to five Australian magpies for a pilot study, we didn't expect to discover an entirely new social behaviour rarely seen in birds.

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