It’s fitting that the same week scientists announce support for the theory that dinos and birds are related, Der Spiegel runs a story on the intelligence of ravens.

The last several years seem to have had an explosion of “smart corvid” stories, ranging from the Japanese crows who crack nuts with the assistance of traffic and traffic lights to the New Caledonian crow who chooses, makes, and maintains tools.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve lived with parrots since 1992 and been a bird-watcher and crow-lover since I was six. Scientific discoveries like these are confirmations of what I have observed–I’m glad to see that the realities of avian intelligence are making mainstream press.

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