Foot-use laterality in the Japanese jungle crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)

Ei Ichi Izawa, Taichi Kusayama, Shigeru Watanabe

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Laterality of foot-use behaviour was examined in jungle crows (Corvus macrorhynchos). Consistency of laterality was also verified in comparison with two different behaviours. One was beak-scratching, and another was food-holding. Significant bias of foot-use laterality was found in 11 of 13 tested subjects for beak-scratching and in 10 of 12 tested subjects for food-holding. Bias of foot-use laterality was not common among footed subjects, suggesting no population-level bias. However, a significant number of footed subjects (10 of 12) who were tested in both behaviours showed consistent laterality irrespective of behavioural differences. These results suggest that jungle crows have strong individual-level laterality in foot-use behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-362
Number of pages6
JournalBehavioural Processes
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jun 30


  • Corvus
  • Crows
  • Footedness
  • Handedness
  • Laterality
  • Limb preferences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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