Birds are anything but bird-brained

A new study shows that pound for pound birds pack more neurons into their brains than most mammals, including primates.

Scientists have long wondered how birds can use their small brains to complete complex tasks such as problem solving, planning for the future and tool use.

The new research has shown that birds especially passerines and parrots, have a large concentration of neurons in the bird equivalent of the cerebral cortex, explaining why some birds exhibit higher cognitive function, including possessing what scientists call a “theory of mind”.