Siberian jays can recognize unfamiliar, distant relatives

Can animals recognize distantly related, unfamiliar individuals of the same species? Siberian jays possess this ability as evolutionary biologists from the University of Zurich recently could demonstrate for the first time. This bird species belongs to the crow family and is able to accurately assess the degree of kinship to unfamiliar individuals. This ability provides advantages when sharing food and other forms of cooperation. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)