By: Brigid Harrison-Draper | Intelligent birds | Neuroscience | The Guardian
Certain species of bird have surprised researchers recently with their ability to fashion tools and solve complex problems
A discovery by Dr Sarah Jelbert of Jesus College, Cambridge, has led to the refinement of our understanding of crow intelligence. On the south-west Pacific island of New Caledonia, a crow called Emma has stunned researchers by operating a vending machine they constructed for it, remembering the size of a token needed to release a treat. The ongoing investigation into the intelligence of the species follows the discovery that it works material into fishing hook-style tools to extract larvae from holes in dead wood.