Free Will? Great tit birds have as much impulse control as chimpanzees

Biologists have shown that the great tit, a common European songbird, has a tremendous capacity for self-control. Up to now, such impulse control has been primarily associated with larger cognitively advanced animals with far larger brains than the great tit. According to the new results, the great tits’ ability for self-control is almost the same as that of ravens and chimpanzees.

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Bird intelligence is a really interesting topic.

Who named these things? It would seem to lead to husbands everywhere being told they can’t keep one of these in the house… ; )

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We have a brood of great tits visiting our feeder. But also blue tits, willow tits and coal tits (all smaller but closely related). There’s an awful lot of hanging around watching how the trick is done from all those species, so I suspect there’s more to be researched on this.

All these birds (especially the blue tits) specialise in acrobatics, so intuitively you’d expect spatial awareness to be high on their agenda - you have to learn that stuff.

Incidentally, the great tit has the distinction of being the only passerine I’ve dissected, when at the age of thirteen or so I found a dead one on the school playing field. Made a change from earthworms.

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