Crows Hone Their Skills By Attending Tool Schools

October 27th, 2010 - 6:54 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

October 27, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): A study conducted into the lives of the crows by a group of researchers belonging to the University of Auckland, New Zealand have succeeded in uncovering an astounding fact. While the crows are considered to be exceedingly smarter in using various tools, the New Caledonian Crows or Corvus Moneduloides have been identified as the second most intelligent beings lagging just behind the humans in their efficiency of utilizing various tools.

The BBC labels them as having an extraordinary ability to fashion tools in order to solve their problems. The researchers had hoped to study more about this highly intelligent species in their natural habitat. The things that they found out were truly amazing.

Instead of preferring to live in a hugely expansive social structure the New Caledonian crow seems to prefer living in small and tight knit family units where the parents dote on their offsprings. The surprising fact, however, is that they are taken to the tool-school in order to learn the ropes of the trade quite early in life.

The baby birds are encouraged to accompany their parents to the tool making site and observe the details for themselves. This is usually done when the bird attains the stage of a teenager.

The BBC was told of this astounding discovery by Dr. Gavin Hunt, one of the researchers. Having attended the tool-school for a sufficient period of time makes the young crows more self sufficient. They gradually get to master the art of crafting, perfecting as well as utilizing the tools. Most of the tools are used to reach the food that is hard to grab with the aid of their beaks only. Insects and other form of invertebrates are eaten by means of these perfect tools that the young crows learn to use in school.

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