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Crows: Smarter than Chimps and Elephants?

Chimps and elephants are the only mammals that can fabricate tools for their survival, mainly to eat and dwell…

And crows can also do as well, and even better.

The brain of the crow has the same proportion to the body weight as chimps, but they might be more adaptable to the environment than chimps, and thus more able to survive.

Most animals and scavengers eat their own kinds, dead or alive when necessary. When a crow dies, the neighboring crows get together en mass, perched on a nearby tree or electrical line, wait in silence for 5 minutes and disperse very quietly…

The crow has about 250 different “crowing”: One for warning against cats, human, vulture…

Crows have two “dialects”: the high pitch is for the stranger crows and the lower pitch for the member of their clan.

They use clothing hangers to build their nests in urban environment. Japan suffers frequent train electrical outages caused by the hangers placed by the electrical lines. The Japanese squads for removing crow nests treat these birds on an equal footing in matter of ingenuity: They know that as the nest is removed, the crow is readying to replace it.

The crow drop a particular nut from a proper altitude to break it open.

The scientists discovered that these Skinner and Pavlov experiments on animals exhibited that the crows are the more performing species: What takes 750 trials for a dog, only half a dozen trials are needed for a crow to learn the proper technique to fetch his bonus food….

Crows can manipulate several steps in order to get the food: It can untie a small branch from a hanging line, remove the longer stick from a box, and then use this longer stick to retrieve the meat from a closed transparent box through the tiny hole… This bugger takes a good look around him before eating the ball of meat to make sure that no traps are set up

The crow learning curve is as good as children of 3 years old.

A young crow of 6 weeks can already fly. And learning for little crows is done by “flying games”. A few cultures nickname the crow the “Flying Chimp

I may let my imagination run wild and consider this plausible event: A team of crows opening the lid of a bin outside a pizza or hamburger parlor. This is more feasible if the handles are designed to fit the crow beak. In any case, I don’t see why the crow will not use his strong claws to lift heavier lids…

Note: I watched part of a documentary on crows on the channel ARTE




May 2022

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