I just watched the most amazing special called “A Murder of Crows”. Crows are the most intelligent birds. They demonstrate an amazing ability to learn either from their parents, from watching other birds, or from trial and error. One of the attributes that I found most amazing was their ability to recognize human faces and to teach their naïve young to avoid specific human faces they found threatening. Studies like these show that crows have a sophisticated ability to communicate. In fact, researchers were said to have identified over 250 distinct calls, with individuals also having 2 different dialects: a loud call they use to communicate with birds farther away in a flock and a softer call they use to communicate with family members in close proximity.
The most intelligent of the crow species are the New Caledonian crows which are said to be the smartest in the world. They have an amazing ability to use tools and improvise. I will let you watch the video to see the remarkable experiments.
Photo Credit: © 2009 A Murder of Crows, Inc.