first_img Birds are shockingly intelligent. I mean, yeah, I know what parrots do isn’t really “speech,” per se, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Plus, you get lost all the damned time. Birds? They can fly thousands of miles and still end up more or less in the right spot. Even among these creatures, though, there is a king — Ravens. The black birds have long been known to be pretty sharp as non-human animals go, but researchers are only now understanding just how true that is.A new paper in Animal Behavior sought to test the limits of these crafty critters’ intellect. Among their findings? Ravens can remember when humans treat them unfairly and can retain that more than a month.The study detailed how researchers trained ravens to trade a bit of bread for cheese — a raven fave. Scientists would then commence the trade, but some would cheat. They would take the raven’s bread and then eat the cheese. When they ran the trials again a month later, the ravens who had been bamboozled would avoid those people a month later. This suggests that they have the ability to, in essence, keep a social scorebox. They can keep track of who owes them what, and whether or not you’ve been a jerk.AdChoices广告That’s particularly helpful because the bird lives in complex social networks. Some days, one raven won’t get as much, or any food. To help, another may offer the hungry bird some of its extra food. The expectation, of course, being that in time the favor will be returned if needed.This reflects the basic scaffolding for most other animal societies — namely, human ones. It’s fascinating to me how we keep discovering threads of animal intelligence. Most of our furry and feathery friends are pretty damned smart, it seems, even if they don’t think quite like we do. Watch: Girl Gets Hit in the Face By Bird During Roller Coaster RideWatch: Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo Has More Moves Than You Stay on targetlast_img