Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Smartest Bird in the World

From WelcomeWildlife.com
If someone calls you a birdbrain consider it a compliment!

Birds are among the smartest animals in the world. The smartest of the smart are in the Corvidae family -- crows, ravens, jackdaws, jays, nutcrackers, magpies, choughs, treepies and others. 
American Crow in Backyard
Louis Lefebvre, a behaviorist at McGill University in Montreal who is studying bird intelligence, has developed a test for gauging bird IQ. It's based on how innovative birds are when faced with different challenges. 
His winner for smartest bird of all is the American Crow (also called the Common Crow). Many other researchers agree, and people who have experienced the challenges of keeping crows away from crops, birdseed and trashcans may not be surprised by this.

Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) are second only to humans in intelligence -- even smarter than apes in some research tests.  Read the entire article.

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