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Research Article

Mirror-Induced Behavior in the Magpie (Pica pica): Evidence of Self-Recognition

  • Helmut Prior mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: Prior@psych.uni-frankfurt.de

    Affiliation: Institut für Psychologie, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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  • Ariane Schwarz,

    Affiliation: Institut für Kognitive Neurowissenschaften, Biopsychologie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany

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  • Onur Güntürkün

    Affiliation: Institut für Kognitive Neurowissenschaften, Biopsychologie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany

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  • Published: August 19, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0060202

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just a question

Posted by plosbiology on 07 May 2009 at 22:27 GMT

Author: Antoine Vekris
E-mail: avek@mac.com
Submitted Date: August 20, 2008
Published Date: October 6, 2008
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Hello,

very interesting paper, even for the absolutely-not-specialist I am.

While reading it I was wandering what kind of mirrors magpies may be used to in the wild. The only answer I came up with are 'water mirrors'.
Could an horizontal disposition of the mirror change the behavior of Harvey and Lilly?
Rather rare to have 'somebody else' beneath them while drinking in a pond.

And thank you for the 'goodies'.

No competing interests declared.