Here's a clip from National Geographic that demonstrates Raven's ability to learn. The public tends to dismiss crows and ravens simply because they are not colorful like parrots. Don't mistake their dull colors for dull brains. Corvids, a group that includes ravens, crows, magpies, jays and others are some of the most intelligent animals on earth. Many of them can recognize themselves in mirrors, imitate speech, solve problems, and learn.