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Big-Brained Birds

Find out which brain size is better prepared to cope with environmental changes

Big-Brained BirdsParrots and other big-brained birds outlive their pea-brained cousins, such as ducks and ostriches, according to a study published in the UK journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences in January 2007.

A collaboration of researchers contributed to the study, which compared the brain size, body mass and mortality rates of more than 200 species of birds. “Parrots have the largest brains of all birds relative to their body size,” said Louis Lefebvre, Ph.D., a co-author of the study and a professor of biology at McGill University in Canada. That brain power might help them survive despite life-threatening situations faced in the wild. “Our findings suggest that large-brained animals might be better prepared to cope with environmental challenges such as climate change and habitat destruction,” said Tamas Szekely, Ph.D., of the University of Bath and a co-author of the study.

POSTED: February 20, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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stephanie, north smithfield, RI
Posted: 5/8/2009 12:30:56 PM
It was nice to find out new facts about parrots
Jamie, Almont, MI
Posted: 6/4/2008 11:31:34 AM
Great article! But I could have told them that parrots are the brightest of them all!
Barbara, Crofton, MD
Posted: 2/23/2007 2:48:56 PM
It would account for how so many parrots get shuffled, rehomed, rescued, live in homes that can't take care of them and still they manage to survive being our caged companions.
Barbie, Monroeville, PA
Posted: 2/21/2007 7:24:10 AM
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