Science
2:32 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Meet some bird brains on NOVA, Wednesday, April 9th at 8 pm

Today, researchers are discovering that some creatures have mastered skills purportedly restricted to humans. Many are bird brains. Meet a cockatoo with a talent for picking locks; a wild crow on a mission to solve an eight-step puzzle; and a tame raven who can solve a puzzle box so quickly that his performance has to be captured with high-speed photography. Are these skills really evidence of high intelligence or just parlor tricks, the result of training and instinct? To find out, NOVA tests the limits of some of the planet’s brainiest animals, searching for the secrets of a problem-solving mind.

"Inside Animals Minds: Bird Genius" on NOVA airs on Wednesday, April 9th at 8:00 pm on channels 3 and 3-1.

Raven close up
Raven close up