The Unsettling Depths of Bird Intelligence


Just what are the upper limits of avian cognitive ability? Various studies reveal how certain bird species engage in mental time travel, tool use, self recognition, theory of mind and even meta-cognition. But how do their non-mammalian brains actually work, and what might a technologically-advanced bird species even look like? Join Robert and Joe as they explore the avian mind.

The Unsettling Depths of Bird Intelligence

Image Caption: The Crow and the Pitcher, from Aesop's Fables. (Jesse Kuhn/Illustration Works/Getty)

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Topics in this Podcast: neruoscience, Birds, biology