Ducks: bird-brains or abstract geniuses? Researcher tells Jonny and Ash how the pond-dwellers are more canny than meets the eye

The intelligence of...ducks? Researcher tells Jonny and Ash about how they're more canny than meets the eye

The birds we feed in the park might be smarter than you think

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Everybody knows that they can spot a child bearing a bag of stale bread at a thousand paces, but ducks may be more intelligent than we give them credit for.

At least, that's the view of Antone Martinho, Animal Behaviourist Researcher at Oxford University and co-author – alongside fellow researcher Alex Kacelnik – of a study into the thinking process of ducks, examining the ability of ducklings for abstract thought.

Here he tells Jonny Gould and Ash about the study and the findings it produced. 

Listen to the full interview above

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