Latest New Caledonian Crow Stories
UCSB researcher shows that New Caledonian crows can perform as well as 7- to 10-year-olds on cause-and-effect water displacement tasks
In a well-known Aesop’s fable, a crow comes across a pitcher with a small, out-of-reach amount of water in the bottom. To get a drink, the crow drops stones in the pitcher until the water level rises enough for the bird to reach it with its beak.
A Goffin's cockatoo, a species not known for tool use in the wild, has been observed spontaneously making and using tools for reaching food and other objects.
New Caledonian crows have, in the past, distinguished themselves with their advanced tool using abilities. A team of researchers from the University of Auckland and the University of Cambridge have now shown these crows can learn to use new types of tools.
Parrots and Corvids frequently astonish researchers investigating animal intelligence, in particular when it comes to solving technical problems.
Tool use is so rare in the animal kingdom that it was once believed to be a uniquely human trait.
Recently-published research completed by scientists at the University of Auckland in New Zealand proves that New Caledonia crows can use multiple tools to solve problems and complete tasks.
Researchers have learned that rooks have the ability to make and use tools in order to complete certain tasks.
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The New Caledonian Crow (Corvus moneduloides) is a moderately sized crow (40 cm in length) similar in size to the House Crow but less slender. Its plumage is all black with a rich gloss of purple, dark blue and some green in good light. The bill, feet and legs are also all black. The bill is of moderate size but is unusual in that the tip of the lower is angled up making it somewhat chisel-like in profile. This bird is endemic to the island of New Caledonia and the Loyalty Islands in the...
- The deadly nightshade, Atropa Belladonna, which possesses stupefying or poisonous properties.
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