Friday, February 9, 2018

Gifting-Jay Bird Style...!

Just when we think that there are few surprises left in nature, She hauls off and hits us with another.

It seems that there is a bird called the Eurasian jay that gives his mate gifts from time to time, just because. With valentines day coming up, maybe some of us men could learn from this practise of the jay bird.


Photo credit: Luc Viatour

Some animals may only give gifts because they think they’re going to get something in return but not the Eurasian jay. It appears that these stand-up guys like to give gifts to their mates simply because the females will enjoy the presents. While that may be difficult for us to understand, it seems that these birds may have what is called the “theory of mind,” which is the ability to think from another person’s (or bird’s) perspective.

In one experiment, males would be able to see their mates eating either moths or worms and would then have the opportunity to give them either one. If the female had been eating moths, she’d be given a worm. If she was eating worms, she’d get a moth. When the males could not see what she had eaten, there was no correlation.

This shows that the males understand that the females would rather have something new than more of the same. The researcher conducting the experiment likened it to a man giving his wife regular chocolate versus her favorite chocolate. She’ll accept both, but one is going to make her happier.

Sounds like a very workable plan that many husbands could follow today. Seems as though we are learning new lessons from Mother Nature all the time. This info came from the folks over on Listverse.

Coffee out on the patio where the temps will be in the high 60s, and the sun is shining!


linda m said...

Very interesting. I have never heard of this species of bird. And yes, some human males could take a few lessons from this guy. 5 more inches of new snow fell over night again. Already shoveled hubby out very early so he could go to work - still snowing. Now I have to shovel again so I can get out and go grocery shopping and get to the bank. Have a great weekend.

Momlady said...

Interesting. Who knew birds could do that? For me, that day has become too commercialized along with all the other "holidays". Send some warm weather this way, please.

JO said...

Birds are very intelligent creatures and yes it would be nice if more men would show this interest in their mates.

Hot coffee on the patio sounds great our mornings are still in the mid to high forties but I am not complain when I read about Linda and Momlady freezing and with lots of snow

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
Sounds as though you have already had your morning exercise. I would hate that!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Momlady...
I sure didn't know about the gifting thing. Pretty cool, actually.
Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Jo...
Looks like nature got the best of us again. Nothing new about that!
Thanks for dropping by today, sweetie!

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

How fun is this, Bubba?!! Love this story. You always come up with the best stuff ~