Aug 29 2011
Fall is coming, school’s in session and in about eight weeks the crows will be back in town.
For now they’re in no rush to get to Pittsburgh. I don’t expect large numbers until October, but when they come will I see a difference in them? Did they learn new tricks this summer? Will they be even smarter than last year?
Perhaps they’ve learned to use tools!
Here’s a year-old video from Science Friday that shows just how smart crows can be. (Click on the image to get to the video website from September 2010.) The birds in the film are New Caledonian crows who live on a Pacific island and are famous for using tools.
Are they smart?
Watch and see.
(video from Science Friday)
p.s. Don’t worry when the video ends with a pop-up window asking if you’d like to use their tool(!) to embed it on your own website. It’s a nice tool .. but you don’t have to use it.