A wild crow dubbed “oo7” solves one of the most complex animal mind tests ever constructed in this video demonstration of crow intelligence.
The video is from a BBC Two program called “Inside the Animal Mind” hosted by Chris Packham. In the video, oo7 becomes the first bird in the world to solve one of the most complex animal mind tests ever constructed by using his crow intelligence.
To complete the test, the crow had to retrieve a small stick from a box and use it as a tool to retrieve small stones from cages, which, when piled into a weighted box, would release a larger stick he could use to retrieve a piece of meat.
The complex puzzle was designed by Dr. Alex Taylor, who teaches animal evolutionary psychology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Taylor captures wild birds like 007 to study traits like crow intelligence. He releases them after three months of captivity.
While in captivity, 007 learned how to use tools to complete complex puzzles. He solved the complex eight-staged sequence in under three minutes without having seen the test before attempting it.
007’s success demonstrates the unique aspects of crow intelligence. They are believed to be the smartest birds, and smarter than many mammals.
Crows are among the smartest animals in the world. Scientists have shown that crows use a complex set of mental skills to problem solve, anticipate future events, and demonstrate imagination. One study demonstrated crows using stones to raise the water level of a vessel in order to catch a worm.