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Bird Brains? Pigeons Move Up the Pecking Order

When the pigeon pecks the image correctly a border is displayed and a short tone

This pigeon, named Einstein, correctly pecks the lower number (8) of the pair 8 vs 9. When the pigeon pecks the image correctly a border is displayed and a short tone sounds.

By Damian Scarf

Research into the intellectual abilities of pigeons reveals that the brains of birds, while very different to our own brains, are capable of much more than they’re given credit for.

Damian Scarf is a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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