New research suggests that the brainy birds may be even smarter than was previously thought. Given a complex problem and an assortment of tools, New Caledonian crows came up with a creative solution that hints at higher-order thinking. (See link.
Saw many crows on my recent visit to Amsterdam: "The crow is a spirit animal associated with life mysteries and magic. The power of this bird as totem and spirit guide is provide insight and means of supporting intentions.
A mallard duck loses his balance on the ice and is sent sliding across the surface of a frozen pond in Dortmund, Germany Picture: UDO SCHLOTTMANN / CATERS NEWS (via Pictures of the day: 28 November 2012 - Telegraph)
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Corvid is the bird family that includes crows, ravens, magpies and jays. They are incredibly smart birds, and very sociable. Corvids have proven that they are capable of conscious problem-solving and making and using tools to achieve their goals.