Are Crows Smarter Than Frogs?

by updated 2011/08/14

Photo by Lou WiltonThis week’s search,“are crows smarter than frogs”, is just plain odd.  I wonder how someone could really not know the answer to that?  But I guess with pretty much everyone in the world online now, any search is possible.  Since I have written a few times about the intelligence of crows, and a few other times about our very interesting local frogs, I understand how the searcher ended up here.  But I wonder if they found the answer they were looking for?

Here are a few other interesting facts about the searches I find.  This week, for example, 88% of the visits here were brought by search engines.  Since there were about  7,500 unique visits this week, that means about 6,600 of those were as the result of a search phrase.  So, as you can see, I have a pretty big pool to choose from.  Still, I usually have to go pretty far down the list to get a good one.  Most of the searches are actually very logical in nature.

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1 Binky

Most people probably have little idea of relative animal intelligence, and don’t really differentiate between mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and probably even insects or arachnids.
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2 Sukhmandir Kaur

We have had an odd number of crows in our neighborhood which hovered between seven and thirteen for the past twenty one years until 2011 when I counted up to thirty seven as they flew over, must have been at least fifty one :)

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3 Jan

I should imagine that crows are smarter than frogs! In Australia (as far as I know) they are the only predators of the cane toad, which was brought in to the country to control a beetle that was eating the sugar cane and is now a mammoth pest that has spread all around Australia. The crows have learned to turn them on their backs to eat them, thereby avoiding the extremely poisonous skin. Now that’s pretty clever.

On a different note, there was a photo in the paper last week of a tiny little frog that had been transported from somewhere and taken to the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and they were advertising for a home for it – how awesome that they would do that for such a small and insignificant creature. It makes you realise that there is still a lot of goodness in the world.
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4 Tony McGurk

I think the photo answers the question in a rather obvious way.

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5 Will

Hmm. I’m not sure? Don’t the big, dumb, bullies always pick on the little smart guys? ;-)

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6 Tony McGurk

Hmmm… Good point. I guess a smart frog is a dead frog. Better to remain ignorant & uneducated I guess if you are a frog

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7 Will

I just noticed that Google Ads “read” this post and comments and presented ads for “Moist Canned Insects”, “Fresh Caviar” and “Red Wigglers – A Great Composting Worm”. Google, fun in more ways than one!

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8 Rob

Crows are members of the corvid family: they are all just about the brightest birds in the tree. I vote for crows.

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