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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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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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3:03PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012


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..

6:57PM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

In New Zealand we have an alpine parrot...the Kea. It is one bird that would take a lot of beating for intelligence...they can be real clowns at times too.Their nature is one of great curiosity and mischiefc.Much of what they do is for entertainment which is typical of parrots....such as damaging cars by removing anything they can.They are extremely quick at solving problems to get at food.One report stated them as the worlds smartest bird but I think the African Grey would take a lt of beating

11:06AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

I had a pet Raven for one summer many years ago. The bird was extremely intelligent. It would bathe 3 times a day, it never forgot where it stashed its food, it would knock on the door at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast, it would shred newspaper and stick it under my car's tires (never figured that one out) It loved to play and would lie on it's back upside down with it's leg's up in the air..until I realized this was play I thought it was dead! It would come when called and sadly someone poisoned it. I think I know who did it but could never prove it. I will never forget our pet raven, it sure was wonderful being it's mom!

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