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Pigeon intelligence

Summary
Pigeons have featured in numerous experiments in comparative psychology, including experiments concerned with animal cognition, and as a result there is considerable knowledge of pigeon intelligence. Available data show, for example, that: *Pigeons have the capacity to share attention between different dimensions of a stimulus, but (like humans and other animals) their performance with multiple dimensions is worse than with a single stimulus dimension. *Pigeons can be taught relatively complex actions and response sequences, and can learn to make responses in different sequences. *Pigeons readily learn to respond in the presence of one simple stimulus and withhold responding in the presence of a different stimulus, or to make different responses in the presence of different stimuli. *Pigeons can discriminate between other individual pigeons, and can use the behaviour of another individual as a cue to tell them what response to make. *Pigeons readily learn to make discriminative respo
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