Photo of the institute entrance in Martinsried, five persons walking towards it. Photo of the institute entrance in Seewiesen.

Welcome at the MPI for Biological Intelligence!

In January 2022, the Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence, in foundation, emerged from the MPI for Ornithology (MPIO) and the MPI of Neurobiology (MPIN). Until its official establishment, anticipated for the year 2023, the institute will be legally represented by its two predecessor institutes.  

Together, we are dedicated to the investigation of biological intelligence – the evolved ability of animals to cope with a constantly changing environment and to find ever new solutions to life's challenges.


Close-up image of an eye’s iris in blue and orange. Wave diagrams superimposed onto the pupil.
New Neuropixels technology provides evidence of mosaic-like neural connections

Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)

Sweet sap, savory ants

August 18, 2022
Woodpeckers taste sweet, but wrynecks—unusual woodpeckers that specialize on ants—lost the ability to taste sugars

Illustration of a fish head with eye and brain cells. Several zebrafish in the background.
Specialized nerve cells in the zebrafish visual system enable recognition of conspecifics
Great results often take their time
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White-browed Sparrow Weaver (Plocepasser mahali. Copyright AdobeStock 124441553, Rachel Kolokoff-Hopper)
In the episode "Listen! What the Birds Tell Us" on March 20, 2022, Manfred Gahr explains how birds learn to sing (in German language)

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Virtual visit of the institute in Seewiesen
Welcome to Seewiesen! Visit our campus via a video produced by our postdoc Luke Eberhart-Hertel. Giving an overview of our campus, it also briefly shows the lab work and the currently ongoing sleep research on geese.
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