A new study involving the ways ravens behave when they think they are being spied on suggests these famously intelligent birds posses the human-like ability of abstract thought.
Halloween is often associated with many iconic, spooky animals. From spiders, to black cats, ravens, werewolves and vampire bats, innocent creatures seem to get a bad rep for the fear they instill in humans. But are the animals really all that spooky?
It's no secret that ravens are exceptionally intelligent birds. Featured in myth and legend as doom-sayers, tricksters, and magical familiars, the wit of the raven is well known. Now new research has found that ravens are even capable of solving tasks that require coordinated cooperation -- an ability only a handful of hyper-intelligent species are capable of.
It appears that ravens may be even more viciously political than your average high school drama queen. That's at least according to a new study of these highly intelligent birds, who appear to have a social system that's characterized by alliances, betrayal, and sabotage between "friends."