Sunday, 7 February 2016

Just How Smart Are Ravens?

Common Raven, Corvus corax.
Image: John James Audubon.
Some of you know that Bernd Heinrich has spent many winters studying ravens and their behavior. This month, Heinrich and his colleague, Thomas Bugnyar, published an article inScientific American that explores the intelligence of ravens. In this article, they investigate the question; do the birds consciously contemplate alternative behaviors and choose the most appropriate ones, or are they merely relying on instinct or learning to perform specific actions by rote?=READ MORE =

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