Are parrots the smartest bird species?

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    According to Louis Lefebvre, the most intelligent bird is the crow, and that’s because crows can innovate.  That means they can solve complex problems better than other birds.  That’s not to say that other bird species don’t innovate; it just means that crows do it to a greater extent and more often than other species.  Lefebvre says that though parrots are smart, they are not consistent in their ability to innovate.

    The Institute of Cognitive Biology in Vienna, however, found that the cheeky kea, a parrot found in New Zealand, has intelligence that “rivals some primates.”  Unfortunately, it is now an endangered species.

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