Top Ten Smartest Birds

The phrase 'bird-brain' is rapidly dying out as the hidden intelligence of birds is revealed. This list explores the smartest of the avians that roam the Earth.

The Top Ten

1 Ravens
2 Crows

Crows are the smartest of birds. They can not only use tools with the precision of chimpanzees, but can craft sophisticated tools of their own using the surrounding items, making one species in four to craft tools, along with humans, chimpanzees and orangutans. They have a great memory, and will never forget a face. They are intelligent enough to understand that the surrounding community also have their own brains, something psychologists call 'the theory of mind'. This is an ability humans don't get till late childhood. Crows have been known to find hidden objects by looking at people's eyes to see where they are looking at.
These facts make crows the smartest birds in existence. - Aidesun

3 Jays
4 Macaws Macaws
5 Parrots Parrots Parrots, also known as psittacines, are birds of the roughly 393 species in 92 genera that make up the order Psittaciformes, found in most tropical and subtropical regions.

I had to vote this because this site doesn't save but the picture should be an African Grey they are the smartest parrot and sound like the voice that speaks to them. Their vocabulary is about 2,000 words

6 Cockatoos Cockatoos

I have a pet cockatoo at my house

7 Kea
8 Cormorants

They can count up to seven!

In the 1970s, on the Li River, Pamela Egremont observed fishermen who allowed the birds to eat every eighth fish they caught. Writing in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, she reported that, once their quota of seven fish was filled, the birds "stubbornly refuse to move again until their neck ring is loosened. They ignore an order to dive and even resist a rough push or a knock, sitting glum and motionless on their perches." Meanwhile, other birds that had not filled their quotas continued to catch fish as usual. "One is forced to conclude that these highly intelligent birds can count up to seven," she wrote.
- Aidesun

9 Cuckoos
10 Woodpecker Finches

The Contenders

11 Geese
12 Eagle Eagle Eagle is a common name for many large birds of prey of the family Accipitridae; it belongs to several groups of genera that are not necessarily closely related to each other. Eagles are also one of America's national symbols.
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