Friday, August 07, 2009
Birds brains part II
There is so much going on in bird behaviour research right now.
Here are the latest bits of research rocking the foundations of the old bird brain stereotype.
The big paper documents New Caledonian crows using tools in sequence to solve a problem, without any prior training. That's not been seen in any animal before.
The other published study, with video, has rooks using objects to raise the water level in a container to a level their beaks can reach. That's not really news though. Aesop recorded that one many centuries ago.
Now, if only I could find that article about the part of the brain this intellectual might was stored in. Because I know everyone is just waiting to learn the name of the structure.