Pet raven shows off some of the '30 commands' it knows

Who are you calling bird brain? Pet raven Gosha shows off some of the 30 commands he knows – including fetching his owner’s glove from a tree and giving him a peck on the cheek

  • Gosha, a clever twenty-month-old raven, showed off tricks in a YouTube video
  • He gave Alexander Sergeevich a ‘paw’ when asked amidst a series of other feats
  • The clip of Gosha’s impressive work was filmed in Lysva, Perm Krai in Russia

This is the moment a pet raven showed off just how smart he is by carrying out tasks on command, including retrieving his owner’s glove from a tree, landing on his shoulder and giving him a ‘kiss’ with his beak.

The intelligent 20-month-old bird performs some impressive tricks a video filmed by Alexander Sergeevich in Lysva, Perm Krai, Russia, on December 28.

According to his owner, Gosha the raven can answer up to ’30 commands’.

In the clip Mr Sergeevich, out with the bird in snow-covered scenery, first told his pet: ‘Gosha, go to the stump.’ 

The raven obediently flew over and perched himself on the trunk.

Mr Sergeevich’s next command was ‘give me snow’, after which Gosha had put some into the owner’s gloved hand using his beak.

The intelligent raven Gosha performs some impressive tricks a video shared by Alexander Sergeevich in Lysva, Perm Krai, Russia taken on December 28

The feathered pet continued to respond to a series of commands, including giving Mr Sergeevich his ‘paws’, pecking his owner’s middle finger when instructed and flying to take a glove to a tree.

Mr Sergeevich then said: ‘The glove is stuck in a tree. Get it, please.’

As Gosha flew over into the tree, he didn’t immediately go for the clothing item, prompting his owner to nudge him by saying: ‘Come on, come on; I can’t reach my glove.’

Gosha flies on command, responding to instructions such as ‘go to the stump’ 

According to his owner, Gosha the raven can answer up to ’30 commands’

The clever bird also showed off perching on Mr Sergeevich’s shoulder on command, saying ‘A’ and giving his owner a ‘kiss’ with his beak. 

Mr Sergeevich explained he found Gosha as a tiny chick. 

He said: ‘I often go to the forest to enjoy the nature and relax, have a campfire and drink tea.

‘On one of these days, I passed an old felling and noticed that two black ravens were circling nearby and were shouting loudly.

‘Usually this means that they have found a dead animal and are calling relatives, or something threatens their chicks. I decided to go up and see what happened.

‘When I came closer to the place where they were flying, I found a freshly felled tree as there had been strong winds the night prior.

‘I examined it and closer to the top of the tree I saw a large nest, and a chick lay next to it under the branches. I decided to take him, otherwise he would have died.’

The clever bird also shows off perching on Mr Sergeevich’s shoulder on command, saying ‘A’ and giving his owner a ‘kiss’ with its beak

After doing some research on how to care for his new pet, which was then only around two-weeks-old, Mr Sergeevich found a specialist who understands corvids.

She was able to help him understand how to bring up and train the impressive birds. 

He added: ‘Gosha lives in an open-air cage in the garden.

‘There are small difficulties even now, Gosha sometimes throws himself at people, so you have to walk far from houses.

‘He does not contact other family members in any way, he bites everyone, he only recognises me.’

Mr Sergeevich set up a YouTube channel for Gosha, and the raven also has a TikTok profile with more than 1.2 million followers.

‘When I feel sad, I watch old videos with Gosha and I feel much better,’ he said. 

But Gosha’s talents are no surprise as ravens are known to be incredibly intelligent.

One 2017 study in the journal Science showed that the clever creatures are able to plan ahead for certain situations better than four-year-old humans.

Another claimed that by four-months-old, they have a full set of cognitive skills and are comparable to grown great apes before they reach maturity, according to BBC Earth.

Crows, another member of the corvid family, in another study also showed they can problem-solve to a similar level as children under seven. 

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