Birds of Sadness


March 9, 2011bird BirdsNo comments

Bird's Nest by Sara Lynn Hawley

Bird's Nest by Sara Lynn Hawley (Flickr)


“You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair” — Chinese Proverb

What an interesting snippet words, Birds of sadness. It conjures up many mental pictures for me and thoughts about birds and emotions and bird’s emotions. Researchers have found that birds do have emotions! They can feel sadness, they can feel anger. The stories of the crow researcher, John Marzluff, at the University of Washington in Seattle who did the research on facial recognition with crows. He had students wear masks and capture, band and set free crows. When the students wore the masks again — even many months after — the crows remembered and had communicated with other crows warning them of these masked people. These crows demonstrated anger and aggression. They were mad! And they were not afraid to show it. Birds have also been observed demonstrating agony when in pain, howling over and over lamentations. They have also been observed moping in their own way.

As Bernd Heinrich said,

“Emotions are more primitive than reason, and I presume that many animals have very similar emotions to our own.”

Emotions are primitive. They come from a less cerebral place for both humans and animals alike.

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