School Seminar Series - The cognitive abilities of tool-making New Caledonian crows
Dr Sarah Jelbert, University of Bristol
2D3, Priory Road Complex, BS8 1TU
New Caledonian crows are a species of corvid well-known by both scientists and the public for their large-brains and 'intelligent' performance on cognitive tests. New Caledonian crows are particularly remarkable in that, unlike most other crows, they manufacture and use complex tools for extractive foraging in the wild. In this talk I'll discuss research we conducted over multiple years to understand more about the cognitive abilities of these birds. I'll discuss experiments looking into their reasoning and physical cognition, as well as tests to uncover possible mechanisms for the social transmission of tool manufacture in the wild.
All are welcome to attend this event. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available after the seminar.