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Alala! Hawaiian crow is one smart bird

  • COURTESY SAN DIEGO ZOO

    A study published Thursday in the journal Nature reveals that the alala is a “remarkable” and “dexterous” user of tools — an ability found in only a handful of other bird species and in less than 1 percent of all animals.

  • COURTESY SAN DIEGO ZOO

    A study published Thursday in Nature says the alala and the New Caledonian crow, another tool-using bird, while only distantly related, both evolved independently on remote tropical islands where conditions may have allowed for the development of tool use.

Anyone who has ever been around the critically endangered Hawaiian crow, or alala, knows how smart they are. Read more

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