WESTERN SCRUB JAY (Aphelocoma californica oocleptica) - ©Laura Quick
Editor Note: This is Cluckers one of two Scrub Jays that my parent’s have been hand-feeding peanuts for more than a decade now. The relationship that has developed between the birds and my parents is really quite extraordinary. When my Mom died last year, this photo was included in the collage of pictures celebrating her life.
Recent research has suggested that Western Scrub-Jays, along with several other corvids, are among the most intelligent of animals. The brain-to-body mass ratio of adult Scrub Jays rivals that of chimpanzees and cetaceans, and is dwarfed only by that of humans. Scrub Jays are also the only non-primate shown to plan ahead for the future, which was previously thought of as a uniquely human trait. Other studies have shown that they can remember locations of over 200 food caches, as well as the food item in each cache and its rate of decay.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Scrub_Jay
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