I’m often surprised by the intelligence of birds. They have such small brains, but can be surprisingly smart. My guess is that evolutionary pressures increased their brain power while under the constraint of having a lightweight brain (so it could still fly). It makes me think that maybe birds have more powerful brains per pound than mammals.
From the local news:
A babysitter’s parrot is being credited with helping save the life of a 2-year-old girl who was choking Friday at a Denver area home while the sitter was in the bathroom.
“While I was in the bathroom, Willie (the parrot) started screaming like I’d never heard him scream before and he started flapping his wings,” said Meagan, the babysitter. “Then he started saying ‘mama baby’ over and over and over again until I came out and looked at Hannah and Hannah’s face was turning blue because she was choking on her pop tart.”
Meagan performed the Heimlich maneuver on Hannah, which stopped the choking.
“If (Willie) wouldn’t have warned me, I probably wouldn’t have come out of the bathroom in time because she was already turning blue, her lips were blue and everything,” Meagan said.
Watch the bird in the second clip
Video of a crow bending a piece of wire into a tool: