The news story suggests lots of interesting topics for discussion and research.
In groups discuss the differences. This isn't about right or wrong. Your choice is as good as ours as long as you can explain and defend it.
Now have a go at some of the topics - ours or yours.
What's the difference between crows and ravens?
If you click on the picture to the left you'll get an answer from an American website. See if you can answer the question for Britain.
How many different types of bird belonging to the crow family live in Britain? Where are they found and how do they behave? What's different, for example, about the way that rooks live compared to other types of crow?
Put together a presentation which includes not just images and video from the web, but some you have made yourself. Members of the crow family are easy to find around a school, so ask your teacher if she can let you borrow a digital camera and/or a video camera and get to work.
Where is the most likely place to find members of the crow family around a school? Why is that?
Explain what species, genus and family mean, and give examples from the crows.
Investigate the different kinds of eyes that are found in animals and birds.
The eye is very interesting, because some people who don't believe in evolution use the eye as an example of an organ that could not possibly have evolved.
"How could evolution, acting on one gene at a time, start with a sightless organism and produce an eye with so many independent parts?" they ask.
Put together a presentation, using images of animals and the organs they use to detect light, starting with simple ones right up to the human eye.
End with an image of the human eye, with different parts labelled, and a brief explanation of what each part does.
Look into the different ways that animals communicate with each other.
Investigate examples of communication between members of the same species.
Find out as many different methods of communication as you can. What are the main messages all about?
Choose one form of communication that particularly appeals to you and tell the story in whatever form you fancy - text, graphic novel, video, presentation, podcast.
Only a few species of birds have no voice storks, pelicans, some vultures. Most birds produce some sort of vocal sound. The Passeriformes (perching birds,songbirds) are noted for their singing ability.
You choose - one of these or something else that appeals to you.
Communication between different species is less common than between members of one species.
But that doesn't mean it is uncommon.
Flowers communicate with bees, for instance. How do they do that?
Take a look at Interspecies which "empowers artists to re-invent the human relationship with animals, with the goal of healing our own species' emotional, spiritual, and cultural ties with nature."
Have a look at an earlier story about human communication with orang-utans.
Try one or two of the discussion and research topics there.
"The next time you are accused of 'chattering like a magpie' you can take it as a compliment. You have been compared to one of nature's most intelligent birds."
The link from the image to the left takes you to the Birdminds website, whose headline is "Can birds think?"
It's a fascinating question.
"Bird-brain" used to be quite a common insult because birds were thought to have almost no intelligence at all.
Then a few researchers, such as Irene Pepperberg, began to look at bird brains and what they could do. The results were astonishing. Birds seem to have much more intelligence than we gave them credit for.
Look into pair bonds in birds. Which ones mate for life?
How do they communicate? What advantage do they get from bonding for life? What are the disadvantages?
What advantage do other birds get from mating with different individuals each season? What are the disadvantages of this as a mating strategy?
If you had the chance, would you choose to be a type of bird that mates for life or not? Why?
Find some stories of pair bonding in birds and tell them to your colleagues.