Having a ‘Bird Brain’ Is Actually a Compliment

Calling a person bird-brained isn’t the insult to intelligence it used to be. Sure, bird brains are small, but, according to a new study, their surprising intellect might arise from packing more neural connections into a smaller package.

Some birds excel at tasks believed to require “higher thought,” such as planning for the future, using tools and recognizing themselves in mirrors. Birds accomplish these challenges at a level that matches or exceeds primates’ problem-solving skills, desp

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