Excessive cogitation causes canary brains to explode, providing much entertainment for small children.
And so it goes. First it was African gray parrots demonstrating they were smarter than elephants. (See video.)
Then it was crows and their ilk displaying foresight and tool-making skills. (Click on photo.)
From The Scientist
Bait use in birds
After reviewing the literature, researchers concluded bait fishing by certain species of herons is a real and distinct behavior. Bait fishing is characterized by a bird placing an attractive, buoyant object on the water within striking distance, and waiting for their prey to swim up — a behavior some consider tool use.
Graeme D. Ruxton and Michael H. Hansell, “Fishing with a Bait or Lure: A Brief Review of the Cognitive Issues,” Ethology, 117:1-9, 2011.
Next we’ll be reading that canaries proved Gödel’s first incompleteness theorem long ago, and ever since, when they’re not screwing around deriving prime integers, they’ve devoted themselves mainly to poetic/melodic characterizations of existence in this sim of a simulated reality, which is all we’ve got.
In fact it’s sims all the way down to the turtle. At least according to the canaries.
Arguably my blog posts show new character since the exercise machine crushed my head on New Year’s morning. What say you, Bill the Mathematician?
For more on smart mynah birds, see the following:
The heron photograph is by Ted Miller; it won 3rd prize at the 2006 Wildbird contest.