Where crows go in the winter — and other stories about migration

We see them ever so often, but there’s so much still shrouded in mystery.

New Caledonian crows can make tools from memory

The study suggests the crows learn by cultural transmission.

Critically endangered crow is highly skilled tool user

Better late than never: Hawaiian crow is really good at using tools, but they’re also critically endangered.

Crows are the first non-human animals we know of that employ tools to carry objects

Who you callin’ bird brain?

Birds can infer their partner’s desires, revealing a whole new depth of mind

The Eurasian Jays are among the most intelligent birds studied thus far by biologists, belong to the corvids, a group of birds that also includes crows. The latter are especially gifted, as they’ve been observed making use of tools, associate faces with behavior and even recognize when a fellow crow has died. Quite crafty fellows. Ravens, which also belong to

Ravens use gestures to point out things and communicate

We’re inclined to think that gestures are reserved to species which at least possess some kind of articulated limbs. However, scientists have shown that wild ravens purposefully gesture, making it the first time this type of be­hav­ior has been ob­served in the wild ex­cept in the clos­est rel­a­tives of hu­mans, primates. Sure, you might argue that you’ve seen your dog

Urban birds have bigger brains

Researchers have concluded that urban dwelling birds forced to adapt and innovate in a concrete environment have a larger brain, relative to their body size. In the process, scientists have found family traits are key to identifying why certain birds thrive in certain European cities, and consequently generally in urban environments. Urban bird achievers include tits, crows, nuthatches and wrens