National Geographic highlights a new research report on American Crows that has just been published in the bird journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications. The Condor is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research, syntheses, and assessments from all parts of the globe focusing on the application of scientific theory, ornithological knowledge, and methods to the conservation and management of birds and to policy.

Here is a Fish Crow nibbling on a fresh cheeseburger at the Ferrous Site in Lawrence, MA

As a child, Andrea Townsend loved feeding her backyard sparrows and chickadees, but she wondered if it was good for them.

Townsend is now an ornithologist at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and she still cares about what birds are eating. Usually she gives them natural treats like unsalted peanuts, but for research purposes she tried a popular human food: cheeseburgers.

In a study published today in the journal The Condor, Townsend and her team show how urban living affects the health of American crows, including their cholesterol, and what happened to a rural population when burgers became part of their diet… more by clicking the link to the article below!