Endlessly fascinating birds. Birds do have brains but like people, some more than others. Birds learn and remember. They use calls and songs to communicate. They locate themselves in space and position themselves in social groupings, from family units to flocks of hundreds or thousands. Their brain waves show the same pattern as ours during sleep. They deceive and manipulate. They play games. They console one another. Birds are great models for understanding our own mental processes—how we learn language, for instance, or how speech evolved in the first place. Birds. They make our world more beautiful.