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I, Magpie

Songbirds show signs of recognizing their own bodies in mirrors.

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7:02pm, August 18, 2008

Magpies sing a self-reflective tune to themselves that until now has gone unheard. When placed in front of a mirror, these songbirds realize that they’re looking at themselves, raising the possibility that they have independently evolved the brain power to support a basic form of self-recognition, a new study suggests.

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