Like the name of this blog suggests, magpies are incredibly thrifty creatures and are very adaptable making them an extremely successful species. The opening post of the Wildlife Wednesday series explained how to identify their nests. Magpies are part of the corvus family and in fact all the species in the family are pretty thrifty.
This week I am showcasing some amazing pictures that may actually upstage my favourite feathered friend that is the magpie. Bring on the thrifty jungle crow.
In certain cities of Japan, including Tokyo, the jungle crow is making it’s nest with coat hangers. Yep that’s right; those things you hang your clothes on in wardrobes! Just look at how intricately placed the hangers are. My wardrobe is always a tangle of hangers. If I pull one out, out comes another 3 latched onto it with 2 items of clothing half attached to one arm.
No one really knows the reason some of these city-dwelling crows choose metal over wood. Maybe it’s because they create a sturdier structure or maybe because they like how they look. After all, most corvids are fascinated by shiny objects. I used to have a tame crow which would pinch jewelry, tinfoil and bottle tops and the tame jackdaw I had a few years ago would hide his stash of shiny objects in a bucket we had hung from the ceiling.
Whatever the reason, I love the fact they have ‘upcylced’ the hangers and created beautiful works of art to raise their babies. Maybe the blog should be changed to ‘The Thrifty Crow’s Nest’.