Smartest Birds: How Smart Are Crows Compared to Humans?

Crows are self-aware and “know what they know,” just like humans, according to a new study. Almost no other species has that kind of higher intelligence.

  • In a study, crows performed a complex task that involved hundreds of firing sensory analytical neurons.
  • Crows can do jobs, share knowledge, and even ritualistically mourn their dead.
  • What this new study suggests is still being interpreted in the scientific community.

In what now feels like an annual update, crows are even more surprisingly smart than we thought. But do they have true consciousness? New research shows that crows and other corvids “know what they know and can ponder the content of their own minds,” according to STAT. This is considered a cornerstone of self-awareness and shared by just a handful of animal species besides humans.

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