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Hawaiian crows return from extinction in wild

The 'alalā went extinct in the wild in 2002, but a captive breeding program is preserving hope that this species can still be saved.<p>After living in …

Birds

Whales can mimic human speech, and you have to hear it to believe it

We’ve known for some time that orca whales are incredibly intelligent creatures, capable of advanced social behaviors and coordinated hunting …

Air Pollution

These Crows Have Figured Out How to Safely Eat Poisonous Toads

Flip, dissect, avoid the deadly bits.<p>Give a corvid a conundrum and it won't stay stymied long - the long-beaked birds have legendary problem-solving …

Zoology

New Caledonian crows show how technology evolves

<b>Tool-making crows have allowed us to see the first foundations of a technological breakthrough.</b><p>New Caledonian crows spontaneously make hooks out of plant material, using them to "fish" for grubs and spiders.<p>Experiments have now revealed that these hooked tools are 10 times faster at retrieving a …

Biology

Crows Make Up After Fighting & Seek Others Who Didn't Clash

A riveting interview about how artwork can foster compassion and empathy.<p>An interview with Clemens Arvay about his book showing nature is in our genes<p>…

Nevermore, or Tomorrow? Ravens Can Plan Ahead

We have long known that ravens are no birdbrains. They have been spotted caching food for later, gathering string to pull up hanging food and even …

Air Pollution

New videos prove crows can make complex tools that only humans have made before | Ars Technica

Tiny cameras attached to the birds' tails give a clear view of corvid intelligence.<p>Though we've long known that crows use tools to get food (and …

2nd Tool-Using Crow Species Found

The critically endangered Hawaiian crow can use sticks to deftly fish for food that is out of reach, according to a new study. The discovery means …

Behavioural Ecology Research Group - Crow Research - Introduction

© Simon Walker<p>Tool making and using is one of the most defining human characteristics, and sits in stark contrast to the total absence of such …

Crows could be the key to understanding alien intelligence

Crows are among the planet's most intelligent animals, teaching their young to use tools for foraging and banding together to fight off intruders. …

Why crows gather around their dead

As long as I’ve been interested in crows, I’ve wondered the same thing that many other people who study or simply enjoy crows have wondered; why do …

Do Crows Hold Funerals for Their Dead?

The highly intelligent birds gather around their fallen comrades, but why might surprise you.<p>Many who have heard the melancholy cry of the mourning dove might wonder: Do birds grieve for their loved ones?<p>For this Saturday’s Weird Animal Question of the Week Emilie Bouef commented via Facebook: "I …

Animals

Ravens Are So Smart, One Hacked This Researcher's Experiment

Researchers had to remove the bird because they were worried it’d teach the others.<p>We're entering the Dawn of the Planet of the Ravens.<p>In fact, these birds are so intelligent that they're able to plan ahead for future events—something that has only been seen in humans and great apes until now—and …

Birds

We Knew Ravens Are Smart. But Not This Smart

The birds are surprisingly skilled at planning how to get food in the future, and will even trade for it.<p>We've long known ravens aren’t your typical bird brain: Myths featuring the wily black bird extend from Aesop’s fables to Native American folklore.<p>In more recent times, experiments testing the …

Birds

Smarter than the average 4-year-old? Raven intelligence at heart of new study

Swedish scientists show that ravens have the ability to form memories similar to humans<p>More than 170 years after Edgar Allan Poe's fictional raven …

Birds

When it comes to brains, size doesn’t matter | Ars Technica

Ravens score just as high as big-brained chimps on cognitive tests.<p>Crows, ravens, and other corvids are sometimes called feathered apes. Like …

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Clever corvids on par with great apes

How exactly <i>do</i> you measure how smart an animal is? Assessing the intelligence of an animal is a difficult task in itself, and it remains a …

Meet the Bird Brainiacs: American Crow

<b>​Editor's Note:</b> Members of the crow family, known as the corvids, are among the smartest birds in the world. Some are capable of using tools, playing …

The Mentality of Crows: Convergent Evolution of Intelligence in Corvids and Apes

AAAS login provides access to <i>Science</i> for AAAS members, and access to other journals in the <i>Science</i> family to users who have purchased individual …

The Unexpected Genius of Corvids

It's really something to crow about.<p>Amateur bird photographer Phoo Chan recently captured an incredible moment: a crow landing on the back of a bald eagle and briefly hitching a ride. The photo series got passed around Twitter and written up on Mashable just before the holiday last week, perfect …

Birds

Cleverer than a child of four, the birds who can read your mind

Fascinating experiment shows members of the crow family, known as corvids, aren’t just among the cleverest birds, they are smarter than most mammals<p>By<p>…

World’s smartest birds

Prepare to be amazed by the smartest birds in the world! Louis Lefebvre, a behaviorist at McGill University in Montreal who is studying bird …

Birds

Why are crows so smart? | Cosmos

<b>They can recognise faces, use tools</b> – even drop nuts on a road for cars to crack (then pick them up with the safety of pedestrian lights).<p>Birds in …

Corvid Research

I’m Kaeli Swift, a PhD candidate at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. I have been passionate about …

The girl who gets gifts from birds

<b>Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it's rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden - and they bring her gifts in return.</b><p>Eight-year-old Gabi Mann sets a bead storage container on the dining room table, …

Birds

Animal intelligence has been widely underestimated, says primatologist Frans de Waal

Ever stare out into space and look for signs of intelligence? Well, we should be looking right here on Earth, primatologist Frans de Waal argues in his new book, “Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?” (He’ll discuss it at a Smithsonian Associates event Wednesday.)<p>For centuries, …

Singularity

Crows Understand Analogies

People are fascinated by the intelligence of animals. In fact, cave paintings dating back some 40,000 years suggest that we have long harbored keen …

13 Surprisingly Weird Reasons Why Crows And Ravens Are The Best Birds, No Question

They're definitely better than monkeys.<p>We're sure you have your favourite animal. It may even be a really smart one. But corvids - such as crows, …

Birds