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    Called “feathered apes” for their simian like smarts, crows use tools, understand physics, and recognize themselves and humans. But 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…; and they used to say our ability to use tools is what separates humans from animals.

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celteros:Called “feathered apes” for their simian like smarts, crows use tools, understand physics, and recognize themselves and humans. But 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…

Called “feathered apes” for their simianlike smarts, crows use tools, understand physics, and recognize themselves and humans. But 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.

"what are you looking at?" raven

Common Crow, i.d.'d with help from my Mom, when I was very young in Milford, Connecticut

Favorite bird-Corvids are only perching birds who use feet to hold on while roosting and can use feet to carry things. Crow in flight by russell.tomlin on flickr.

Crow in a cemetery, in Townsville, Australia, by Jurgen Otto.

gothiccharmschool: Oh, aren’t you a gorgeous thing.  iheartcrows: (via Mono no Aware (物の哀れ) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!)

Pair of ravens. When I was in Denali, there was a congregation of ravens on a nearby roof that yakked all night long. Kept me awake for half the night, the blasted chatterboxes.

Hiding in the leaves.

The Watcher! - Photographer: Christopher Mark Perez

Dan's Native American Totem- The Raven ♥ Sep 22 - Oct 22 Birth Moon: Ducks Fly Animal Totem: Raven Mineral Totem: Jasper (Bloodstone) Plant Totem: Mullein Directional Totem: Grizzly Bear Elemental Clan Totem: Butterfly Affinity Color: Brown Personality Traits: tolerant, talkative, pleasant, idealistic, diplomatic, cheerful, fun, artistic, tidy, efficient, easy-going, tactful ♥