Observational memory in birds

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Subject: Observational memory in birds
From: "J Rose" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2007 09:10:58 +0800
Hi all,

I found this very interesting.

The following is an excerpt of the transcript from Robyn Williams’ The
Science Show on ABC radio national -

                        Western scrub jays have observational memory. They
watch and can remember where other jays hide their food and then steal it
later. It means they don't need to be big to survive. It suggests jays have
theory of mind. They can think about what other birds are thinking. It was
once thought theory of mind was restricted to humans, or just primates. As
jays move their food, it suggests they are planning for the future.

This is a link to the article where you can listen to an audio of the
transcript: - HYPERLINK


John (Wooroloo WA)

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