Australian magpies are both very smart and very social. After fitting several magpies with tracking devices, the birds found a way to remove them within just hours.
Magpies share child-rearing responsibilities as well as helping each other defend their territory. Very rare in birds is the demonstration of ‘rescuing.’ This is the act of helping another individual bird during a period of distress.
Magpies are from the very intelligent family of corvids, known to recognize themselves in mirrors, craft and use tools, joking, understanding the concept of zero and much more.