As we all know, crows and their close relatives are awesomely smart. If you doubt that, read Bernd Heinrich’s wonderful book Ravens in Winter. Certainly crows exceed in cognitive achievement invertebrates like, say, cephalopods.
Here are two videos showing the behavior of these curious and mischievous birds.
The first has a Russian title that reader Sameer translates as “stoned crows”, but I doubt they’re stoned (for one thing, they’re not eating). It looks like pure play behavior, and it appears as if the crows are having a grand old time frolicking in the snow, rolling around in it, picking up chunks, and sliding down windshields.
Now I don’t think that the crow in this next video is untying shoelaces because he wants the guy to relinquish the prized frying pan (crows aren’t that smart, are they?), but the pan is lagniappe for this corvid:
h/t: Jim E. Yam