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Erik Henry
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From a Popular Science blurb that accompanied the video below:

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Crows are smarter than great apes and about on par with a 5-year-old child. We know they (and similar birds) can already complete complicated tasks, like putting a stick through a tube to finagle out food. But in this BBC video, the crow, after thinking it over briefly, easily completes a multi-step puzzle.






Per the video, the crow was already familiar with the individual pieces of equipment, but had never put them together like this.
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I watched that just yesterday and was pretty impressed too. I remember watching another video about a guy that built a food dispensing machine that required crows to sort out the right denomination of coins to drop in the machine before it dispensed some food. Pretty amazing stuff.

Birds are smart!



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The crows are always plotting against us. When they get together it's murder.
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I don't fear what I eat.

Edit: I read that as "Fear the cows". ...I'm tired.
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Let's just hope they never learn to open doors.

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CrankyPants wrote:
Let's just hope they never learn to open doors.
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CrankyPants wrote:
Let's just hope they never learn to open doors.
I once saw a video where a small bird flew up to an automatic door, held position mid air while the door opened and then flew inside...
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Alex studies wild birds, which he releases after three months.

Great. He trains crows to be smarter, then releases them on an unsuspecting public.

I, for one, will welcome our new crow Overlords. I'd be too scared not to.
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Great. He trains crows to be smarter, then releases them on an unsuspecting public.

I, for one, will welcome our new crow Overlords. I'd be too scared not to.
We still have cats. Which of course would exploit their new found power just as badly. But we would survive!
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Oh, yeah. Oooh, ahhh, that's how it always starts. Then later there's running and screaming.
Sounds like my dating experience.
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I seem to recall that most corvids pass the self-awareness test as well.

Given their intelligence, I've always wondered why humans haven't made them pets and companions?
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http://www.josh.is/crow-machine/

I recall that in one experiment, the crows went further and further afield, until they started picking the coins out of a change machine at a car wash.

http://www.thecrowbox.com/
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Drew1365 wrote:
Blue Jays are also members of the Corvid family.

Several years ago I put out a bunch of peanuts for the Blue Jays. Some they cracked open and ate right away. Others they flew off with, apparently to store for later.

I remember watching one Blue Jay in particular take a peanut, fly down onto the lawn with it, shove it deep down into the grass, and then carefully place a fallen leaf on top of the peanut, apparently to hide it.

I can confirm that, as well. I've given peanuts in our feeders, and blue jays and cardinals carry them to who-knows-where.
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Oh yeah, crows not only recognize your face/appearance (and hold a grudge well), but can communicate it to crows that have not yet met you.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/science/26crow.html?_r=0

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I don't fear what I eat.

Edit: I read that as "Fear the cows". ...I'm tired.
So now you ARE eating crow...a self-fulfilling prophecy!
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I can think of several episodes of Crystal Maze where contestants did considerably worse than that crow.

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Squirrels rule. Crows drool.



(The crows thing is pretty cool. But I love these obstacle courses.)
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We don't have that many corvids in NZ, but we do have a type of parrot in the South Island called a kea. While they might not be crow smart, they rate as probably the smartest parrot.





On the subject of crows. We get NHK (a Japanese TV channel) and they often have much to say about how smart crows are, and by "say" I mean "complain". Part of the problem in Japan is that the crows have a very easy time of it finding food in the cities. Which leaves they with free time. Free time that they often use to do things people consider a nuisance.
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Banichi wrote:
We don't have that many corvids in NZ, but we do have a type of parrot in the South Island called a kea. While they might not be crow smart, they rate as probably the smartest parrot.

Yes, I remember reading the three laws of parrot furniture assembly in Asimov's seminal I,Kea.
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