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So who is the bird brain now?


Eurasian Jay Credit: Luc Viatour/Lucnix.be/Wikipedia/Creative Commons 3.0

According to a study by researchers at the University of Cambridge in England, we may have some serious questions about who are the real bird brains.

The researchers decided to test six Eurasian Jays against 80 human volunteers in three sleights of hand tricks: French drop, palming and fast pass.

The study used a professional magician to perform the tricks.

  • French Drop: Pretending to move a small object from one hand to another.
  • Palming: Hiding a small object in the hand and pretending its empty.
  • Fast Pass: Moving objects between hands so quickly that you don’t notice it.

Overall, the six jays scored better on the first two tricks than humans, but fortunately lost miserably on the Fast Pass. But still, two out of three ain’t bad.

READ: Not so bird brained after all! Avians are less easily fooled by sleight-of-hand magic tricks than humans, study shows

Now we could argue this might be a one off, but it is not the first time this has happened. This test (hiding items under cups that are moved around) pitted an African Grey parrot named Griffen against students attending Harvard University. READ: When a bird brain tops Harvard students on a test

Of course, it may also reflect the declining educational standards of woke universities.

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