Scientists reveal cognitive ability of Azure-winged magpies

2021-01-22 Editor : Lu Yan ECNS App Download

(ECNS) -- The School of Life Sciences at Nanjing University released its latest research on Azure-winged magpies' cognitive abilities in Scientific Reports.

The study reveals the bird's cognitive ability through the Aesop's fable paradigm.

The Azure-winged magpie is able to use stones as tools to obtain food, which has reversed the stereotype that only humans can use objects in this way.

This study also compared the cognitive ability of the magpie and Corvus moneduloides, the recognized cognitive genius of birds.

It turns out that in Aesop's fable paradigm, the magpie and Corvus moneduloides are at a similar cognitive level.

In some respects, the cognitive ability of Azure-winged magpies may be equivalent to that of children aged six or seven years old, the study shows.


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