After delving into the brain of the zebra finch, researchers revealed how the birds are able to learn the courtship songs sung by their fathers. It turns out they have specialized nerve cells that allow them to memorize one note at a time.
Crows are frequently observed gathering around dead comrades. When researchers from the University of Washington investigated this behavior they found the crafty birds understand much about death and the threat of death by predators, not only reacting to their fallen brethren but also avoiding areas or things they deem dangerous.
An innovative use of tool-making was recently observed in a captive population of greater vasa parrots. It turns out these resourceful birds make tools to grind seashells into nutritious calcium powder.
Cowbirds lay their eggs in neighboring nests and abandon the to be raised by surrogate bird parents. Researchers recently spent some attempting to figure out whether the birds know they are different from their adopted families and how they handle it in terms of feeding, mating and flocking.
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.
Monk parakeets fight each other systematically for social rankings within new groups. After a week of aggressive interactions, the birds quickly learn who falls where in the hierarchy.
Sperm whales use a series of clicks to communicate within their clans. Similar to human cultures, there are many patterns, or dialects, of these clicks.