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Captive Cockatoo Is First Parrot To Spontaneously Invent Its Own Cocka-Tools

Humor : Geekosystem

This is Figaro, a Goffin's cockatoo, using a tool he made himself to reach a delicious cashew placed just out of his reach. While more and more birds -- like crows -- are understood to use simple tools, Goffin's cockatoos have never...

Cockatoos go to carpentry school

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

Goffin's cockatoos can learn how to make and use wooden tools from each other, a new study has found. The discovery is thought to be the first controlled experimental evidence for the social transmission of tool use in any bird spec...

Clever cockatoo with skilled craftmanship

Academics / General Science : Science Codex

For the researchers it came as a surprise that Figaro used a tool at all, and more so, that the he made it by himself. The most important observation was that the cockatoo, after having managed to fashion his first tool, knew what t...

Clever cockatoo with skilled craftmanship

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

The use and fashioning of objects as tools has rarely been seen in the animal kingdom. Cognitive biologists have for the first time observed this skill in a Goffin's Cockatoo: It makes and uses wooden tools to retrieve toys and food...

To tool or not to tool? Clever cockatoos make economic decisions about tool use

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

Cognitive biologists studied tool-related decisionmaking in an Indonesian cockatoo. They found that the animals seemed to carefully ponder about their choices: while doing so the animals scrutinized details such as differences in qu...

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