Pigeons do art criticism

“Watanabe showed children’s paintings to pigeons; a panel of adults had deemed each work either good or bad. He trained the pigeons to distinguish between them with a system of tasty rewards. When the pigeons pecked correctly, he gave them some seed. Later, he presented 10 paintings to the birds they had never seen. Five of these paintings had been deemed good by humans, five bad. The pigeons recognized the good paintings as ‘good’ twice as often as they recognized the ‘bad’ paintings.”

They can also beat broadband internet for data transfer, at least in South Africa.