Brilliant Crows Building Long Tools

 Innovative Bird Brains

Source:  Max Planck Institute

Max-Planck Institute and Oxford University Discoveries
Scientists at the renowned Max-Planck Institute of Science in Germany and Oxford University in the UK have researched and shown how New Caledonian crows combine single wood parts and build long distance stick tools. It's a remarkable discovery. Crows are able to combine individual parts to form a tool to work on what they want at a distance.  It proves a crow's brain is something significant and very special. Only humans and great apes have been able to do this.

Scientific Significance - Brilliant Crows
The tools that the crows create are compound tools and complex, designed solely by them to reach at long distances.  The birds are able to combine two or more otherwise non-functional elements to reach their goal.  Until now, that's a task only humans and great apes have been able to do.

Crows Calling
What the New Caledonian crows are able to do is an amazing mental feat. The research shows that the crows can solve highly complex problems.  It involves creative mental modelling and execution function.  The crows had no coaching.  They do it by themselves. It's another example of how awesome nature is.