December 9, 2014
Springer Science+Business Media
When it comes to remembering where a tasty titbit was left, female great tit birds are miles ahead of their male counterparts. This ability might have evolved because the females come second when there’s food to be shared.
Great tits (Parus major) are highly intelligent and quick learners. These common European songbirds have interesting and ever-changing ways in which they find food, and even use tools such as conifer needles during foraging. Unlike most other members of the tit family, great tits are not food hoarders. Brodin and Urhan have previously demonstrated that they are able to observe where their hoarding relatives have made a stash, only to retrieve it up to 24 hours later.