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Corvids – members of the crow family including jays and magpies – are some of the most intelligent birds known to science. These problem-solving birds have a been favorite subject for students of animal intelligence. According to these studies, some corvid species may possess self-awareness or the ability to make tools. Baby corvids imprinted on humans from an early age may learn to talk or to develop a deep devotion to their owners. Many corvids love to steal and cache shiny objects, such as foil or jewelry, as well as food.

Despite their intelligence, corvids aren't often kept as pets unless they are rescues. They can be noisy, and they demand a specialized softbill diet. In some areas, you may need a permit to hold these birds, either because they're a native species or because they're regarded as an agricultural pest.