Several types of birds, especially in the corvid family – crows, ravens, magpies and jays – have been observed bringing gifts to humans. It’s not a common occurrence, but it’s happened enough for researchers to ask why.
One reason could be gratitude. A lot of people feed birds in their backyards or gardens, and some birds may show their appreciation by leaving small tokens of their own. These tokens can be anything that the bird finds interesting or valuable, such as shiny objects, pebbles, bones, keys, earrings, or even candy hearts. One man who had fed crows in his backyard for years found a candy heart perched on his bird feeder one day, and he believed the crows had left it there as a thank-you gift.
Another possible motive could be the bird’s desire for friendship. Some birds may form bonds with humans who feed them regularly or interact with them positively. These birds may bring gifts to humans as a way of showing their affection or loyalty.
A third possible reason why some birds bring gifts to humans is courtship. Some birds may mistake humans for potential mates and try to impress them with their gifts. This is more likely to happen during breeding season when some birds become more aggressive and territorial.
Whatever the reason behind the gift-giving behavior of some birds, it is clear that these animals are capable of complex emotions and interactions with humans. They are not just mindless creatures that act on instinct, but rather intelligent and social beings that can form meaningful relationships with other species. By giving gifts to humans, some birds demonstrate their generosity, creativity, and artistry. They also remind us of the beauty and wonder of nature and the importance of respecting and protecting it.