Tool Making Crows, Not Your Average Bird Brains

You might be surprised to know that primates aren’t the only animals who use tools. Sea otters use rocks break abalone shells; elephants use branches to scratch and swat away flies; and even dolphins have been observed using conch shells to trap small prey fish. Most impressively though, are some of that ways that many species of birds have been able to manipulate tools. One bird in particular that impresses me is the crow, both in the wild and in captivity have proven to be much more intelligent that anyone ever thought.

In this first video, you can see how Japanese crows have used their intelligence and human ingenuity to their advantage to adapt.

This next video shows how New Caledonian crows have been able to create new tools out of existing ones and manipulate them as an extension of their body to achieve a goal, like reaching food.

Next time you see a crow digging through your garbage bag, maybe you’ll have a little more respect for these guys.

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2 responses to “Tool Making Crows, Not Your Average Bird Brains

  1. that is very cool! Crows are totally smart- that’s why they’re so spooky!

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