Clever New Caledonian crows go to parents’ tool school

by Rebecca on October 28, 2010

in Animal Stories,Animals in the News

By Matt Walker
Editor, Earth News

New Caledonian crow (credit: Mick Sibley/University of Auckland)

Young New Caledonian crows learn to use tools by going to “tool-school”, where they can observe their parents at work.

These crows are renowned for their extraordinary intelligence and ability to fashion tools to solve problems.

Now a new study has revealed more about how they do it: wild New Caledonian crows live in unusually small family groups, scientists say.

That allows parent birds to take juveniles to tool-using sites, and let young birds play with “grown up” tools.

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