Man Trains Seagull To Tap Dance On Command

Jul 12, 2015 By Mary Madsen
As a group, birds get a bad rap where intelligence is concerned. The word "birdbrain" has been used for almost a century to describe someone who is more than a little scatterbrained. Despite their reputation, though, seagulls are actually quite clever.

Seagulls have proven that they are able to learn, remember and pass on behaviors. They also use different feeding techniques depending on the circumstances. When they find mollusks, they drop them on rocks to break open the hard shells. They've also learned to follow plows to make easy prey of worms disturbed by the machinery. The behavior in this video is another learned skill. By stamping its feet, the gull is able to imitate rainfall and trick nearby worms into crawling to the surface.
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