Brainy Bird Uses Bread as Bait While Fishing. That time a bird pooped on you while you just happened to be wearing a new cashmere sweater? That might not have been an accident. We already know some birds are smart enough to speak a bit and even perform basic tasks, but this somewhat frighteningly intelligent bird has figured out how to use bread as bait in order to catch fish. Just watch the cold, calculating patience and then wonder what other breakthroughs birds might be thinking up during all that downtime. It’s probably only a matter of time before birds and dolphins team up and enslave us all.