What does birdbrain mean? Not only do we talk about where does bird brain come from, but we fly into how the phrase ‘bird brain’ has long been used as an insult, suggesting that someone lacks intelligence. However, our latest episode of the Parent Busters podcast delves into the surprising truth about avian intelligence, proving that being a ‘bird brain’ is actually something to be proud of.
Is Bird Brain An Insult?
In This Podcast About Birds Brains…
Ever thought ‘bird brain’ was an insult? Think again! Dive into the world of avian intelligence in our latest Parent Busters podcast episode. Discover why being a ‘bird brain’ might just be something to aspire to!
This Parent Busters episode with Jackie & Ella cover interesting bird fun facts and tons of bird brain information like:
- What is in a bird’s brain? (What does birdbrain mean?)
- Is bird brain an idiom?
- Bird brain origin and where does the term bird brain come from?
- Is bird for brains insult or a compliment? (Why is bird brain an insult?)
- How big is a bird brain? (Are bird brains small?)
- Are birds smart brains?
- Are owls wise?
- Can birds use tools?
- What’s the deal with those crow gifts?
- How do birds count?
- Can birds really talk?
- What is the metaphor of a bird brain?
- Surprising facts about bird brain size
- Are pigeons pests?
- Why does Ella love pigeons so much????
Join us as we interpret bird brain and marvel at avian intelligence!
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Learning About The Intelligence Of Birds
The phrase ‘bird brain’ has long been used as an insult, suggesting that someone lacks intelligence. However, our latest episode of the Parent Busters podcast delves into the surprising truth about avian intelligence, proving that being a ‘bird brain’ is actually something to be proud of!
The idiom ‘bird brain’ originated in the 1900s, but it has been misinterpreted and misused over the years.
The term originally stemmed from the perception that the small size of a bird’s brain indicated a lack of intelligence. However, our exploration of the cognitive abilities of our feathered friends reveals a different story.
Birds have remarkable cognitive abilities that match, and in some cases, even surpass those of some of the smartest mammals. For example, the Clark’s nutcracker, a species of bird, possesses a remarkable memory that can put us humans to shame.
BIRD FUN FACT: Some birds are known to hide seeds in over 3,000 different locations in the fall, and then remember and accurately retrieve them later!
Then there are the pigeons — aka: Ella’s favorite birds — the birds that have long been stereotyped as city pests.
Our podcast episode seeks to dismantle this stereotype, highlighting the compelling world of pigeon intelligence. Pigeons are capable of counting up to three, recognizing different styles of paintings, and even recognizing themselves in a mirror. They also have a remarkable ability to remember human faces and places!
In our podcast, we also talk about birds’ unique use of tools, extraordinary memories, and communication abilities. It is fascinating to learn about the unique ways in which birds use tools.
Some birds, such as corvids, are even known to make tools from scrap metal and wire, demonstrating a level of problem-solving ability that is impressive.
We have often heard the phrase “wise as an owl”, associating wisdom with these majestic birds. But as we discuss in our podcast, this saying is more rooted in mythology than in fact. While owls do have exceptional hunting skills and night vision, their overall intelligence is comparable to other migratory birds.
So the next time you hear the term ‘bird brain’, remember – it’s not an insult, but a compliment!
Give this fun podcast episode for kids and parents a listen and let us know what you think!
ALSO CHECK OUT THESE OTHER FUN PODCAST FOR KIDS AND PARENTS EPISODES NEXT:
Fun Podcast Mentions and Podcast Facts Follow-Up
- Tootsie Roll Pop Owl Commercial
- Picture of Skinny Owl Legs
- Picture of Baby Owls Sleeping
- Crows Playing A Game On Exercise Ball Ella Talked About
- The Straight Line Bird Map Jackie Talked About
Sources and References for The What Does Birdbrain Mean Podcast Episode
- A-Z Animals
- Kids Kiddle
- Active Wild
- Birds & Blooms
- Science Direct
- Pigeon Paws
- Science Alert
- Smithsonian Mag
- National Geographic