Remember Aesop's fable "The Crow and the Pitcher"?
It turns out the some crows can indeed solve certain puzzles involving principles of physics.
From the Washington Post:
A species of crow native to islands east of Australia has long wowed scientists with its intelligence, and now it has shown it can solve at least one science puzzle as well as the average 7-year-old child, scientists reported last week .Read the entire article HERE.
The New Caledonian crows (Corfus moneduloides) are the only nonprimates that make tools in the wild. The birds break off twigs and trim them, and tear off barbed leaves to use as hooks to dig for insects. In the lab, they have bent wires to retrieve out-of-reach food.
In the new study, scientists captured six of the crows and challenged them with a task inspired by an ancient Greek fable by Aesop known as the “Crow and the Pitcher,” in which a thirsty crow confronts a pitcher whose water level is too low for it to reach and so drops in stones to raise the level.
In their understanding of physics — how objects displace water — the crows were comparable to children between the ages of 5 and 7, the researchers said. In particular, the crows seemed to understand the different effects of hollow and solid objects...
Clearly, crows are not birdbrains! A pity that we can't say the same about some human beings. Heh.