A type of blackbird has been shown to modify its behavior to solve problems. The great-tailed grackle’s range has expanded north through Mexico and into the U.S. since the 1800s. An invasive species, this bird needs to be adaptable in order to deal with changing situations. New research shows how the grackle uses behavioral flexibility to untangle new puzzles.
Read more about how this bird not previously known to be brainy is extremely nimble at solving new puzzles: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/160511-grackles-birds-smarts-animals-science/
Tracking Cats for Science; Where Does Your Cat Go? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0n2kxkdJgM
VIDEO COURTESY: Corina Logan
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Jed Winer
This research was supported in part by a grant from the National Geographic Society/Watt Grants Program