If you regularly get Rooks in your garden and want to see how intelligent they really are, why not give these problem-solving tests a go? The tests are based on ones that Rooks in captivity have successfully completed, but we want to know if they will try in a more open setting. All of these tests can be done using everyday household objects.
Aesop's Fable task
Dowload the instructions for the Aesop's Fable Rook problem solving task (PDF, 2.52 MB) - where the Rook needs to place stones in a jar in order to raise the water level and reach the floating food.
Problem solving tasks
Download the instructions for a selection of Problem solving tasks for Rooks (PDF, 3.95 MB)- where Rooks have to open items, such as a matchbox, to access food hidden inside.
String pulling task
Download the instructions for the String pulling Rook problem solving task (PDF, 1.90 MB) (pdf) - where the Rook can pull a string and place it under a foot in order to reach the food on the end of the string.
If you do carry out these tests, please let us know how they go by emailing gbw [at] bto.org.
If you get any photos or video, we would love to see them!