There’s been a lot of research into Cognitive Behaviour in animals over the years. Birds have often been shown to have some pretty cool skills and there’s been many papers published in the field – including the fantastically titled Maladaptive gambling by pigeons which is all about pigeons pressing buttons and making some pretty impressive decisions for a bird! It was written by Professor Thomas Zentall, a world renown expert in the domain of animals and cognitive behaviour.
Pigeons can, with practice, recognise objects including switches and buttons and then make the mental leap to realise these buttons actually result in something happening. I find this totally fascinating and would love to see it actually happening.
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