Skip to comments.Grey parrot called Griffin humiliates Harvard students by beating them in a memory test
Posted on 07/08/2020 3:55:05 PM PDT by Trillian
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Birds apparently have an inordinate amount of neurons in their brains, even proportionally more than primates. Here is an excerpt from an article published at Science News: Bird brain? Ounce for ounce birds have significantly more neurons in their brains than mammals or primates
As I have gotten older and less active, I have become more and more interested in birds...fascinating creatures. They are one of the few wild animals you can observe both up close and for long periods of time. Most other animals scoot fairly quickly when they see you, but not birds. And they appear to be very interested in humans.
They are curious, especially the corvids like Crows and Blue Jays. Blue Jays are my favorites...they are beautiful, sure, but...they are interesting and fun to observe, they can appear almost clownishly silly in their behavior, and appear to exhibit human emotions (in addition to inordinate curiosity) like greed and vindictiveness.
I can't get them to eat out of my hand yet, but they sure know who the bald guy wearing the lab coat is...he's the guy with the peanuts! And when I lay in my hammock and smoke my pipe, the sparrows do low altitude flyovers in groups over me...flying in groups of three or four between my reclining form and the top of the pergola that holds up my hammock. They don't do it until I start smoking my pipe, and I swear...they seem to be completely overcome with curiosity about it. They land up in the grape vines covering the pergola and hop to and fro, peering at me between the leaves...:)
I admit, the more I learn about birds, the more I would love to have one as a pet. It would be fun to have a Blue Jay or a Crow, but...as you said, that would be a commitment. (They say the oldest Blue Jay lived 25 years)
That, and probably too much personality...:)
Hahaha...on the base which was my dad’s last duty station before he retired, there was a Navy Chief (Chief Silva) who had a Myna Bird, and in those military houses with no air conditioning where the windows were open any time weather permitted, you could hear the bird from far off.
It only said two things:
“Son of a bitchin dog!”
Hahaha, his daughter told me they had tried repeatedly to teach it to say “Merry Christmas”, but that was as far as it ever got! It had that drawn out, truncated word where the drawn out “y” at the end rose in pitch until it petered out! “Merrrrrrrryyyyyy....”
What I meant to say was, I would love to own one, but I never will. (and I understand it is also illegal)
Biden went to SU and those who are still there who knew him wonder how he got in, how he got out, and who wrote his papers and took his tests for him.
So interesting about your birds. Since I no longer have a dog, I’ve gotten more attuned to watching the birds. I’ve been putting birdseed on the deck railing and get a variety of birds showing up. Also the squirrels, of course.
It’s gotten where I really can’t sit on my deck for long. They see me out there and come flying nearby, waiting for me to put out seed. They won’t eat it if I’m still sitting on the deck, so I just go back indoors. They enjoy my deck more often than I do now...ha.
"...Black-capped chickadees forage for food and instead of eating it all, they store, or cache some of it for later consumption. Food caching occurs mostly during the fall and winter when food supplies are likely to become scarce. It is estimated that chickadees cache as many as one hundred thousand food items per year, usually individually, across a widespread territory and they do not reuse cache sites. They demonstrate a remarkable memory for the location of cached food items for periods ranging from hours to weeks..."
That is humbling. Sometimes, I can't remember where I put something down, or what I had for lunch...:)
Biden wishes he has a bird brain.
It would be an improvement.
At least he’d be able to remember things.
I have got Chickadees and Titmouses to eat from my hand, but...the Blue Jays like to keep their distance. They perch outside my office window and squawk at me, peering in through the window...wanting their peanuts.
They sure do love their peanuts.
Heh, I work in a trailer at a large hospital, and I love it. After so many years of working in places with cinderblock walls and no windows, I have an office in a trailer...a window I can open...and a screen I have removed. I am close to retirement, and after working nearly forty years with sixty hour weeks, this is a nice ending for me...:)
Anyway, due the virus crap, they told me not to come in because I have a bunch of co-morbidities, and I think they didn't want me to die before they could retire me, so they made me stay at home for a few months and work from there (which was a blessing for me)
But...I wondered what became of my bird friends. Did they miss me? Did they even know I was gone?
After it became clear to me that the virus thing was overblown, and that some precautions are pretty effective, I asked to be able to go back to work, and they let me come in for a couple of days a week.
First day back, I went into my office and opened the window. No bird feed in my feeder, no birds, squirrels, or anything. Deserted.
I went to take care of something, and when I went back to my office, there were about a dozen Blue Jays all sitting in the vegetation, motionless, all looking at me and my open window!
Waiting for their peanuts...
They remembered me...:)
NO FAIR! Parrots don’t smoke weed....which makes sociey so much smarter!
There’s a YouTube video where an African Gray is, among other things, ordering Alexa, “Alexa, all lights on” and “Alexa, all lights off”. It’s kind of freaky.
My ex had an African Grey parrot. Amazing bird!
“Waiting for their peanuts...
They remembered me...:)”
Great story. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the last little bit before retiring. I can tell some of the birds are getting more used to me. When I was putting out peanut butter in the winter, the mocking bird would come so close to me, just a few feet away. He loved the peanut butter but doesn’t come for the birdseed I put out.
Glad you have that great work spot to enjoy your birds. I’m sure they keep you entertained.
My neighbor had a bird that would fly out of the window to sit on the wires. I am not sure what kind it was, but until I helped the neighbor jump his car one morning did I understand how smart the bird was. It was the Rurururururu of a starter motor, slowing down as the battery drained, then click click click click click when it was dead.
Whenever it saw me after this help, whenever I walked by it or went to the neighbors house, it would repeat the sound of the battery being drained.
“Not a memory test.”
Exactly, it is a keep track of fast moving objects test.
Blue Jays are my favorites...they are beautiful, sure, but...they are interesting and fun to observe
You might like - https://www.youtube.com/user/LesleytheBirdNerd
Are the students so stoned a bird beats them?
You know why a bird is smarter than a student at Harvard? The bird knows the difference between a male and a female.
So...now, which one of them is dead last?
What a stupid article.
Not a memory test.
No, but it is a test of the perception of reality and the ability to focus.
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