Wild crows demonstrate skills with sticks
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Wild crows demonstrate stick skills

Scientists have confirmed that a species of wild crow from New Caledonia in the South Pacific can craft tools.

The birds were recorded bending twigs into hooks to extract food hidden in wooden logs.

Previously this skill had been seen in captive birds kept in laboratories.

The study, published in the journal Open Science, suggests that this is part of the birds' natural behaviour.

(Footage: University of St Andrews)

  • 10 Aug 2016