The latest Scientists in the Field book is perfect for this time of year -- the season of scarecrows around every corner.
Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World's Brightest Bird by Pamela S. Turner
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It’s no longer an insult to be called ‘bird brained.’ Scientists have discovered that New Caledonian crows deserve a spot alongside dolphins, monkeys, and chimpanzees in the ranks of super-smart animals. Yet even within this elite crowd, New Caledonian crows stand out. These birds not only use tools, but manufacture a whole crow toolkit. And their puzzle-solving abilities invite the question: Is a crow smarter than a second-grader? Join scientist Dr. Gavin Hunt and his team in New Caledonia as they investigate the mysteries of crow smarts. How do New Caledonian crows learn to use and make tools? Is it possible that crows are improving their tool technology and passing the improvements on to the next generation—an achievement long thought unique to humans? Where is this tool use driving the crow brain, and what can crows teach us about the evolution of intelligence?
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