The Amazing Abilities Of The Common Crow

Submitted by: madest 6 years ago in Misc

Crows are smarter than you thought.
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Male 4,004
Crows are renowned for being smart...and thieves....and bad omens.

Though the reputation may not be as famous as it used to be, it was like so for a good reason.
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Male 6,694
They can also speak.
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Female 105
Hitchcock and this video have just made my fears come true..o_o
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Female 3,598
i was like "oh he`s got a tool" at first and then i was like "OMG HE BENT IT!" how would he know that he COULD bend it let alone that a hook would be better for that particular task.
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Female 318
I thought that the ones with black beaks and feet were ravens and the ones with yellow beaks and feet were crows...`course idk for sure so i`m kinda asking...
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Male 1,081
IT`S USING TOOLS!!! IT`S LEARNING!!!!1
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Male 703
Different species of birds have been using tools for a long time, to get grubs out of hard-to-reach places. And yes, crows often drop nuts in the middle of intersections, let cars run over them and crack them, wait till the lights turn red, then hop down and retrieve the open nuts.
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Female 781
Animals are smarter than we think--I saw a video of an octopus who learned how to twist open jars to get at food, too.
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Female 32
crazy brilliant
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Male 5,617
OK now, let`s see an animal cook it`s food. Then,
there were will no longer be any lines be humans and
other animals except intelligence level.
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Female 355
There`s either video or an article about a crow or two who would drop encased nuts off of a street light so the cars would crush them open for it.
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Male 14
already on reddit
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Female 418
Crow1:"OMG A CLAW MACHINE!" -inserts quarter and loses-

crow2:"Those things are scams!"

crow1: "I dont care I want a prize!" -inserts 50 quarters- "OMG I WON"

crow2:"you know those things only cost about a quarter in real life and you just wasted 50 on them"

stoopid birds


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Male 4,014
gozoen = I +1 that, and it would always make people uneasy.

Also, that bird made a tool. Cool.
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Male 27
If I had one, I`d teach it to say "Nevermore". That would scare the living crab out of my friends and entertain them too!
(And yes, I know that it`s a raven in the poem, but if I can`t teach a raven to do it, this`ll do just fine)
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Female 31
Here`s a fun one: They can also talk.

Didn`t know that until one said "Hello" to me in a parking lot. Scared the everlasting poop out of me.
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Male 63
Nothing with that small of a brain should be that smart.
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Male 2,220
"Today they`re bending hooks, tomorrow they will be hacking into the pentagon and launching nuclear missiles across the globe. Using wire hooks."

Don`t be daft.. They just need to crap some HN51 into our water supply...
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Male 4,680
Today they`re bending hooks, tomorrow they will be hacking into the pentagon and launching nuclear missiles across the globe. Using wire hooks.
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Female 347
@netbaby:
Your comment hadn`t even posted when I wrote mine, but feel free to take offense. I`ll just assume you`re from the UK.
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Male 77
was at cafe and saw one take a packet of sugar out of the holder, fly to a nearby rock, put the packet under one foot, rip the top open and scoop out the sugar. also read a NatGeo story where one unzipped a bag one the back of a snowmobile and raid the contents. they had to show the guy the pics before he`d believe it was not them
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Male 1,256
NO WAY!!!!! AHHHHH!!!!1
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Female 682
Said the raven to the bird-brain stereotype:"Nevermore!"
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Male 121
thats not a crow, they are ravens!
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Male 235
i would have loved to hear what it was thinking "if i can just god damn it i need some kind of hook system!!"
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Male 699
okay he got a wire, thats pretty smart, but he needs a hoo-OH MY GOD
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Female 24
Yeah um, it was a joke. You know, that thing we do for amusement, with our deductive reaoning skills
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Male 5,194
>>the crow recognized that the alteration of the wire would alter the results of trying to go through the top

Not necessarily. What happened was the bird just tried it again, and it probably would have tried again even if it hadn`t accidentally bent the wire.
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Female 347
It`s a bird. It`s not a human with deductive reasoning skills; it`s a bird. If you can`t appreciate the fact that the bird was able to get the container out of the tube, I feel sorry for you.
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Female 24
Well done Mr crow, you now have have intelligence of a 2 year old
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Female 255
duffytoler: Despite your pessimism, this bird got the container out with a hook...I know some kids too dumb to figure that out. Birds using tools shows intelligence...
P.S. The rest of us are now ignoring you.
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Female 81
Here is a little bit of background on this experiment. The people putting it together made a mistake and gave the crow the wrong tool. So, at the start of the experiment, the humans thought there wasn`t a way for the crow to get it out. Joshua Klein gave a speech about it on ted.com.
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Male 367
I still love the idea of getting crows to pick up change off the street and make "seed vending machines", where they can drop off the change and get seeds, and you can just stop by every once in a while and pick up the money.
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Male 226
@duffytoler

Even if that were true, the crow recognized that the alteration of the wire would alter the results of trying to go through the top, and tried it again. It still shows intelligence.
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Male 2,220
"1. Crow gives up on going in from the top, trys base of the clear container, and accidentally gets wire stuck in the duct tape.
2. Crow hops around trying to pull wire free and succeeds. Coincidentally, wire is now bent into a useful shape.
3. Bird trys wire again from the top, works this time. "

So if you agree that the bird used the wire... It must have reasoned its beak wasn`t long enough, planned to use the wire and turned that wire into a tool.

Erm what was point 4 again?
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Male 5,194
1. Crow gives up on going in from the top, trys base of the clear container, and accidentally gets wire stuck in the duct tape.
2. Crow hops around trying to pull wire free and succeeds. Coincidentally, wire is now bent into a useful shape.
3. Bird trys wire again from the top, works this time.
4. Researcher concludes this was reason, planning, and toolmaking by the crow.

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Male 89
@TheTrees, no I don`t... Please enlighten me. As for the video, when the crow made a hook, I was like WTF? You can`t be serious!!
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Male 1,505
"The intelligence of crows has been know for 1000s of years. Just read Aesop`s Fables."

Thanks for the tip. If my academic studies ever find me writing a paper on the intelligence of crows, I`ll be sure to list Aesop`s Fables as a source of information in the bibliography.
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Male 3,482
[quote]Now all they need to do is develop speech and we`re f*cked.[/quote]
If I remember correctly, crows already can speak, similar to parrots.

Or maybe that`s just ravens... I KNOW ravens can, but I`m not so sure about crows...

Anyway... Kudos to the crow. I think that`s the animal kingdom equivalent of finals, and he just passed with flying (heh heh, get it? I made a pun) colors.

Please excuse the terrible pun. It`s 2 in the morning and I haven`t slept in a VERY, VERY long time... For me, at least.
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Male 722
*Bird pokes weight with a stick.* "Meh"
*Bird makes a hook.* "Cool..?"
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Male 258
now I`ve seen a horse fly, and I`ve even seen a house fly, but I ain`t ever seen no... well you get the idea.
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Male 15,832
The intelligence of crows has been know for 1000s of years. Just read Aesop`s Fables.
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Female 533
that just made me dislike crows even more...
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Female 3,828
I actually watched a doc on crows the other night. They are fu*kin amazing, they have huge brains for their small body size. we think they can communicate what human faces look like to eachother, with only one crow seeing the face.
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Male 430
the second crow then swooped down and stole the others meal.
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Male 1,646
Crows are common for a reason. Rarer the animal is The more likely they`re stupid as hell.
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Female 1,593
I was waiting to see if that crow would bend the wire. Animals are a lot smarter than we give them credit for sometimes.

My dog, however, is still a moron.

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I think we have the same dog.
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Male 159
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Male 325
You persistant son of a bit.ch.
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Male 637
Please, when crows figure out how to split the atom, then I`ll be impressed.
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Male 12,138
Motherdrater bent it? Right, that does it, I`m going out tomorrow to buy a BB gun.
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Male 96
KILL IT NOW! OR WE`LL ALL BE IT`S SLAVES!!!
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Female 275
@tinkerwing
We`ll be all right in the middle of the night, as long as that crow is a hooker!
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Male 224
the engineer is a crow. caw.
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Male 59
Now go and watch `The Birds`, prepare for the feathery apocalypse
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Female 171
...damn
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Female 90
That crow is a hooker.
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Male 45
dayum
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Male 715
Well, I didn`t expect that.
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Female 97
This is cool and slightly disturbing at the same time.
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Male 965
woah..that was ..woah..
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Female 60
Oh wow!
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Female 122
SarahofBorg - That was from The Life of Birds. Here is the video.
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Male 9,306
Now all they need to do is develop speech and we`re f*cked.
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Female 3,562
That`s nothing. I saw a video where a crow would drop nuts on a crosswalk, wait for the cars to run them over and open the shell, and when the crosswalk was open again it would come back for the nut.
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Male 915
Corvids rule!
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Male 25,416
wow!
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Male 15
Where did I see this before....
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Female 1,006
I was waiting to see if that crow would bend the wire. Animals are a lot smarter than we give them credit for sometimes.

My dog, however, is still a moron.
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Male 123
This is why having thumbs is awesome.
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Male 2,422
Crows and ravens are such cool birds. Make big messes though.
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Male 1,106
I thought, "stupid crow, you can`t get it from the outside." Then I realized he was BENDING THE WIRE! Are we sure these birds aren`t smarter than monkeys and dolfins?
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Male 427
crows also drop nuts in the middle of the street to the cars crack them open
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Male 226
Ok, THAT was impressive. Kudos to the crow!

@Creabhain: Sorry, no. If the crow was trained, it wouldn`t have tried to remove the cup without bending the wire first, it would have gone straight to the bend and lift.

That was a very clear and straightforward use of a tool, and modification of said tool to achieve satisfactory results.

That bird`s probably smarter than half the US, sadly enough.
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Male 15,510
I want one as pet, for real
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Male 90
Smart bird is smarter than you! :O
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Male 2,344
That`s impressive. It actually made a hook... Wow. Didn`t know they were smart, lol.
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Male 440
Trained bird is trained.
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Male 2,552
Doesn`t an animal immediately move up on the evolutionary scale once they start making (and using) tools?
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Male 725
Seriously, are animals getting smarter while we humans get dumber?
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Male 876
Okay, I wasn`t that impressed until the bird intentionally bent that wire. Well done.
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Male 770
so does this mean its a compliment when i call someone a bird brain?
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Male 2,593
After looking it up, I found out it`s a bucket of food.
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Male 339
well polish my nuts and buy milkshake.. ive met people that wouldnt figure that out lol
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Male 2,593
All that for a weight... poor guy
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Male 88
I thought that thing was a worm.
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Male 5,082
That bird deserve a Nobel!
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Female 1,008
That poo freaked me out.
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Female 9,478
I`ve seen something like that before, it`s really cool.
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Male 7,378
Link: The Amazing Abilities Of The Common Crow [Rate Link] - Crows are smarter than you thought.
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