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Bird Brain

For decades, we thought that bird minds were primitive, relying on instinct and little else. But recently, we’ve come to realise how wrong this is. This film explores the very latest research into bird intelligence, including work from the University of Vienna, the Konrad Lorenz Institute, the Max Planck Institute, Oxford University, Cambridge University and the University of Strasbourg.

Recent research on emotions, one of the most hotly debated areas in all animal behaviour, suggested that ravens show empathy – a very controversial word to use about a bird.

Perhaps “bird brain” is no longer an insult – it’s a compliment.


BIRD BRAIN is being shown as part of a Jury only pack of the 2012 European Science TV and New Media Festival, due to the limit on theatre time. A full festival programme can be found here.

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