Some birds are extremely smart. I recall reading an article that said crows could actually count.
Having studied and befriend crows ( ), i'd argue they do more than count. They teach their offspring skills, they show extreme problem solving abilities. They remember and plan ahead. They have family group and 'region wide' gatherings nightly. They are generous to those who are kind to them and vengeful to those who aren't. I'd argue they're easily as smart as primates, if not moreso in some regards.
Crows are also one of the few species that have shown the ability to create and use tools. There are some fascinating videos of crows using tools to sequentially solve relatively complex (to animals) problems in order to obtain a food treat, involving tools and what would appear to be creative problem-solving skills. Amazing stuff, and to me just puts another nail in the coffin of the meme that "humans are so 'special'".
"You can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into" "That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence" - C. Hitchens "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool" - Richard Feynman