In video: Smart birds who pick up tricks from humans

Animals and birds act by instinct, they dont have mind to learn. However, sometimes they pick up new tricks from their surroundings, especially from human beings, which are uncanny. Have a look at these birds that have picked up tricks to make life easier.

Green Heron uses bread piece as bait

For example, here is a bird, a Green Heron, which uses a piece of bread as bait to catch fish. See how the bird wades in the shallow water, drops bread crust into the surface of the water, and lures fish even while taking care not to lose its bait.

According to, “The Green Heron is one of the world’s few tool-using bird species. It creates fishing lures with bread crusts, insects, earthworms, twigs, feathers, and other objects, dropping them on the surface of the water to entice small fish”.

Bird that imitates Meerkats

Drongos sometimes are called as the pirates of the desert. Commonly found in the Kalahari Desert of Africa, these small fork-tailed birds have received this title for their uncanny knack of mimicking other species for food.

Here is how they do it: First, they keep an eye on hunting animals, such as Meerkats, wait until they unearth some delicious food, and then give a deceitful alarm call. While the frightened animals fear predators run for life, the drongos plunge in for the abandoned meal. First time caught, these birds successfully cheat for the second time, by imitating the same species they are cheating. Watch the video to know it yourself.

Thirsty crow comes to humans for help

Crow is the most commonly seen at human dwellings. However, it always maintains distance from people. But, this crow, seems to be too thirsty to care, tries to open a water bottle to have a drink of water. Humble as it is, the bird seeks help from people around. See how friendly and carefree it feels when the water is offered in the bottle tap.