"At the height of the storm, there is always a bird to reassure us. It is the unknown bird, it sings before taking off.” - René Char

Things to know about bird cognitive abilities :

  • Crows can recognise a face after years.
  • Migratory birds use astronomical landmarks to position themselves in the right direction.
  • A magpie is aware of itself in front of a mirror.
  • Some birds are able to use tools and even count.
  • The brain of birds is smaller than mammals, but it is more “optimized”.