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I saw several pheasants seemingly eating a dead porcupine on the side of the road. Are pheasants carrion eaters or were they just picking maggots off of it?
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Found this on the net:

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Pheasants are omnivorous birds and therefore pheasants eat both plant and animal matter. Pheasants feed on seeds, berries and fruits, insects, worms and occasionally small reptiles such as lizards.


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Thanks, I was too lazy to look myself Smile

Plus, most birds creep me right out. If there are demons, and there is an animal which is almost universally demonic, it is birds. Birds and fish.
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My favorite animal is the crow. But, seeing how birds are close relatives to dinosaurs and lizards, I can understand the "creep out" factor.

I didn't know much about pheasants, so your question got me interested.

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I do like crows. And I don't hate chickens, though I still think they're kind of creepy. Penguins aren't so bad either. But cockatiels and doves and stuff... ick.
But I like reptiles Smile
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I favor the Myna Bird. They are very clever and can be trained if you have a lot of patience.

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You are a strange man, Critter. I like that.

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PS- Doves are rather tasty.
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Crows can be trained as well. (But, like cats, they really don't care to be.) They are considered by many to be the most intelligent avians.

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Bob
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Thanks.
My Mom had a sociopath cockatiel once. I accidentally poisoned it. Not kidding, it really was an accident, and even though I hated the bird I still felt bad about it.
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An oldtimer told me that if you split a magpie's tongue (razor?) then it can be taught to speak.

Who in their right mind would ever try such a thing?

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On 2011-12-05 14:43, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
An oldtimer told me that if you split a magpie's tongue (razor?) then it can be taught to speak.

Who in their right mind would ever try such a thing?

John


It's an ancient myth. All you would succeed in doing is killing the bird.

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About 1900 years ago, a Roman called "Piney the Elder" wrote that if the tongue of a crow was split, it could then learn to talk. Of course, the only thing this will accomplish is having the crow bleed to death. It amazes and saddens me how many times I still hear this "fact."

http://www.wildclassroom.net/wildideas/crows.html


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Bob
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On 2011-12-05 13:38, Salguod Nairb wrote:
I favor the Myna Bird. They are very clever and can be trained if you have a lot of patience.

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True story...
When I was a teen and getting my first pair of doves, I was wandering around the pet store looking at the other animals. There was a Myna Bird in a cage near me, and when I looked at the bird, it said, "What's your name?" Well, being a "cool" teenager, I wasn't about to answer the bird. The bird then looked at me and said, "Can't you talk?"

I learned that day that "cool" wasn't carved in stone.
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Myna birds have this horrendous whistle. So you must make sure that no one whistles around the bird. I have wanted to own one for a long time, but my day job prevents me from having the time to dedicate to the training.
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On 2011-12-05 15:02, mastermindreader wrote:
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On 2011-12-05 14:43, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
An oldtimer told me that if you split a magpie's tongue (razor?) then it can be taught to speak.

Who in their right mind would ever try such a thing?

John


It's an ancient myth. All you would succeed in doing is killing the bird.

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About 1900 years ago, a Roman called "Piney the Elder" wrote that if the tongue of a crow was split, it could then learn to talk. Of course, the only thing this will accomplish is having the crow bleed to death. It amazes and saddens me how many times I still hear this "fact."

http://www.wildclassroom.net/wildideas/crows.html


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Bob


I think it's way cool that Pliny the Elder's lore made it all the way into the mouth of a farmboy with grade 6 education.

Thanks for the note, Bob.

John
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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On 2011-12-05 13:38, Salguod Nairb wrote:
I favor the Myna Bird. They are very clever and can be trained if you have a lot of patience.

Image



True story...
When I was a teen and getting my first pair of doves, I was wandering around the pet store looking at the other animals. There was a Myna Bird in a cage near me, and when I looked at the bird, it said, "What's your name?" Well, being a "cool" teenager, I wasn't about to answer the bird. The bird then looked at me and said, "Can't you talk?"

I learned that day that "cool" wasn't carved in stone.


If you taught it to swear would you be contributing to the delinquincy of a myna?
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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I knew a guy in High School who was convinced that European crows were born with forked tongues, so only the European ones could talk.
He was convinced of a lot of things...
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Nevermore!
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On 2011-12-05 14:43, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
An oldtimer told me that if you split a magpie's tongue (razor?) then it can be taught to speak.
John

One for thorrow,two for,etc.
Ray.
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On 2011-12-05 17:54, Ray Tupper. wrote:
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On 2011-12-05 14:43, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
An oldtimer told me that if you split a magpie's tongue (razor?) then it can be taught to speak.
John

One for thorrow,two for,etc.
Ray.

Ha-ha!!
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