An interesting item on avian intelligence

To: Peter Shute <>
Subject: An interesting item on avian intelligence
From: Chris Sanderson <>
Date: Sat, 9 May 2009 22:09:56 +1000
Hi Peter,

There are other examples of crow intelligence out there.  Japanese Crows for
example have developed a strategy for getting into nuts by dropping them
under the wheels of cars at pedestrian crossings.  I believe there is
another corvid in North America that has over 100 calls in its "language".
Just 2 quick examples, I'm sure there's many more.


On Sat, May 9, 2009 at 7:51 PM, Peter Shute <> wrote:

> Somone will probably tell me it's been proven otherwise, but I'm a little
> wary of attributing too much intelligence to crows, etc. It might be that
> they have somehow evolved very advanced skills for getting things out of
> holes with sticks, but not for much else.
> Once they've evolved the instinct to get a stick, and (remarkably) to
> modify one end as a hook, there's not that much to it.
> Peter Shute
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