Crows Are Smart, But Are They Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

Crows smarter than your average middle schooler?

In case you don’t know already, crows are some of the most intelligent animals on Earth. They use tools and pass this knowledge onto their children, they will unite to fight a common enemy or intruder, and their ability to remember is almost unmatched.

Emerging studies indicate that crows may have roughly the same cognitive capacities as your average 7-year-old. If this is true, it would mean that crows are nearly as smart as your average 5th grader.

Whether crows are bringing a little girl giftsputting some English majors to shame, or learning to remember faces, the birds just continue to amaze us with their intelligence. Many studies and stories compare their smarts to those of human children. But judging intelligence can be a difficult proposition with humans, let alone birds. So really, how smart are crows, and could they do the things our kids can do?

RELATED: 6 Terrifying Ways Crows Are Way Smarter Than You Think

In fact, the entire Corvidae family is renowned for being the smartest of all birds and some of the smartest of all animals. The secret to their superior intellect has been located in their brain for the first time, according to a new study from Lena Veit and Andreas Nieder from the Institute of Neurobiology at the University of Tübingen. The paper was published in Nature Communications.

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