Don’t Call Them Bird-Brained 四肢發達頭腦卻不簡單的禿鼻鴉
 

精英翻譯社轉自: https://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0062/337984/web/

 

These rooks are some real smarty-pants.

這些禿鼻鴉真的很愛耍小聰明

 

Did you know that rooks are among the most intelligent birds in the world? They come from the same intelligent family of birds that includes ravens, crows, and magpies. Rooks’ brains are very large relative to their size, so they can learn how to perform tasks very quickly. One test with rooks showed that they could quickly choose the right tool to lift a bucket and finally get the food they wanted.

你知道禿鼻鴉是世上最聰明的鳥類之一嗎?牠們與渡鴉、烏鴉及喜鵲都源自同一個聰明的「鴉科」。禿鼻鴉的腦袋以其身型比例來說很大,因此牠們能非常快地學會如何執行任務。一項測試顯示禿鼻鴉能迅速地挑選出正確的工具來挑起桶子,然後最終獲得牠們想要的食物。

 

At a history-themed amusement park in France, workers were disappointed that people kept dropping trash all over the grounds, so they gave rooks a special task. When someone drops a small piece of garbage, the rooks are trained to go pick it up. The workers came up with a clever way to train the rooks. They use a special box that gives out food each time a rook deposits a piece of trash. This means that the rooks are rewarded for their work. Sometimes, however, these smart rooks will try to drop things like small pieces of wood into the box, just to get a treat. Cheating at this task shows just how truly intelligent the rooks actually are. 

於法國的一座歷史主題樂園中,工作人員對於民眾不斷隨地亂丟垃圾感到失望,所以他們給予了禿鼻鴉們一項特殊任務。某人丟了一個小垃圾時,被訓練過的禿鼻鴉就會將其叼起。這些工作人員想出了一個聰明的方式來訓練這些禿鼻鴉。他們利用一個特殊的盒子,每當一隻禿鼻鴉放入一個垃圾時,盒子就會發放出食物。這表示這些禿鼻鴉可以因工作而受賞賜。但有時這些聰明的禿鼻鴉會試著把像小塊木頭的東西丟入盒中,就只為了獲得獎賞。在任務中作弊正顯示了禿鼻鴉其實有多麼地聰明。

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