NOVA

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius
Air Date: 
Wednesday, Apr 9th - 8:00pm
Episode Title: 
Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius

Researchers use the science of animal cognition to learn how birds understand the world around them. 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.

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