dumbest bird

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Subject: dumbest bird
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2009 12:36:46 +1000
A low encephalation index may indicate lack of intelligence but as the emu lives in a highly variable environment I doubt that they will be the dumbest. Of course if all its needs can be met by instinct rather than problem solving then it goes back to the top of the list.

Has anyone observed play in emus? I think that play indicates a need for learning and may be a surrogate for intelligence.

While having no particular candidate in mind I would not look at social species or ones with challenging life-styles.

Alan Gillanders

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