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We’ve shown you some amazing videos of smart crows. It turns out ravens are not only bigger, they’re smarter too.

L. Kilham in The American Crow and Common Raven writes, “Ravens are, to enthusiasts like myself, at the top of the avian pyramid in mental attributes.”

Judge for yourself as you see what brainy critters they are in these 3 videos.

Genius Bird

Ornithologist Bernd Heinrich of the University of Vermont devised an experiment to show that ravens have the ability to make logical connections, much like human beings. He dangled food on a long string, something a raven would never encounter in the wild. See how the raven figures out how to get the food.

The next two videos, on pages 2 and 3, show more examples of raven cleverness, as they find creative ways to get food out of a tube. The tube on page 2 is pretty simple; the one on page 3 provides much more of a show.

Photo credit: Kashyap hc

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8:06PM PDT on Apr 5, 2015

Such and awesome bird and videos, thank you for sharing.

8:04PM PDT on Apr 5, 2015

Very smart ravens, reminds me of the crows we have in Australia, great videos thank you for sharing,

7:02AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:44AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

smart birds! thanks

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12:05PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Great to watch.
Thank you

7:11AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Crow we call Kaaka .Black. In colour very greedy.and cunning.

9:05PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

I saw one putting a hard walnut on a tram-road and wait until tram pass and crack it open, and then the one soaking a hard peace of bread in the paddle. I also saw 2 chasing a rabbit but they couldn't catch him (thankfully). There's no doubt in their intelligence. I think they can understand and speak a lots of words too. I shore hope the ones in second video are not in captivity.

2:40PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Great article and videos, thanks so much..

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