Thought experiment on the intelligence of crows

Jul 28, 2015
I have known about the TED lectures for years, but only recently dived into the random search smorgasboard. And I cam upon this gem - I know it isn't photography but, heck, I hope you will forgive me. I know the crows are really intelligent but I found it fascinating and wanted to share:

Mt Spokane Photography

Spends Too Much Time on This Forum
Mar 25, 2011
I think Magpies are even smarter, we have lots of both. We have a zillion Turkeys. They certainly give a impression of being dumb, but they seem to have a rapidly growing population.


The dark side - I've been there
Nov 7, 2013
Cool! Thanks for sharing!

Mt Spokane Photography said:
I think Magpies are even smarter...
+ 1
AFAIK magpies are known to pass the mirror test.
That means recognizing themselves in a mirror instead of thinking that their reflection is a fellow member.
Something only known from apes, dolphins and us.

From birds this is also known by keas and doves. (not mentioned and referenced in the English but in the German Wikipedia).

See here: