African penguins roost on Mercury Island in Namibia. African penguins hunt schools of fish together in groups, maximizing their chances to get a quick catch.
How penguins show their smarts
Penguins are master navigators, proving they're as clever as they are cute.
Penguins are certainly charismatic.
Their striking appearance and jaunty waddles spark endless fascination among wildlife watchers and zoogoers alike. Documentary films like March of the Penguins have captivated audiences around the world.
But Twitter user @CheungEdwin909 wants to know if penguins are as clever as they are cute. Do penguins have the same smarts and good memories as other birds like ravens and crows, he asks? (Read more about crow and raven intelligence.)
Intelligence doesn’t just mean cleverness, says David Powell, Director of Research at the St. Louis Zoo. When assessing intelligence, he says, it’s important to test abilities that are “actually meaningful to the animal,” like hunting and navigation.
Penguin cognition is not quite as well documented as that