Here’s an interesting brief article with video on the intelligence of the kea, the mountain parrot of New Zealand. When I was there, I had a ball watching these birds. They play like kittens. The video is quite cool, and is narrated by David Attenborough. It’s just under 10 minutes and well worth it. Apparently, their intelligence may rival monkeys.
I am impressed. I think David Attenborough is right about them being better at problem solving than some monkeys. They certainly seemed faster at it. I was surprised there wasn’t a discussion of whether the birds share the prize when they cooperate. Perhaps more testing needs to be done regarding learning which birds trust each other or whether all are trustworthy and whether sharing of the prize is required in cooperation.
P.S. Next time you call someone a birdbrain, beware that it may be a compliment, especially for some.
UPDATE: I found part 3 of 3 on youtube, but still can’t find part 2 of 3. If you find the middle section of this video, please post the link. Your real email is not required, if you don’t want to use your real email, just enter firstname.lastname@example.org or some such.