Which is the smartest bird?

Is the world’s smartest bird a dove? How about a parrot? It could even be a crow. Read on for the facts

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Which is the smartest bird?

Intelligence is subjective, but in general parrots and crows are considered the most intelligent birds. Studies with an African grey parrot called Alex have shown that parrots can associate words with their meanings and form simple sentences. He could vocally label more than 100 objects by colour and shape and quantify numbers of them. Studies have shown that crows such as the New Caledonian crow are also very bright. They can problem solve as well as make and use tools.

Answered by Kate Sherburn, Manchester Museum.

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  • Christopher Attwood

    What did the Romans really do for us? Well, they certainly did not give us calculus. Their numeral system was too clumsy and inflexible for that to work. Can you imagine the Monty Python film The Life of Brian coming to a juddering halt if anyone had mentioned calculus.