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Department of Zoology


Work carried out at the Sub-department of Animal Behaviour in Madingley is continuing to reveal the extraordinary intelligence of corvids.

Known by many amateur ornithologists to be clever birds, corvids; including rooks, crows, ravens, magpies and jays are continuing to impress. A recent article published on the BBC website ( their cognitve abilites known to date. The avian cognition group led by Professor Nicola Clayton and Dr. Nathan Emery have a number of exciting articles coming to press in the near future. Watch this space!

Further news coverage:

Rooks show intelligence to rival chimpanzees in tests with tools, The Times (26.05.09)