Cockatoos Make Their Own Tools, Learn From Watching Other Birds

September 4, 2014 12:25 PM

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Instead of an insult, perhaps the phrase "bird-brained" should be a compliment. Particularly if the brain in question belongs to a Goffin cockatoo, a.k.a. Cacatua goffini.

Captive Goffin cockatoos have been observed making and using tools to solve tricky problems. And now a series of experiments has shown that the birds can learn how to make and use the tools simply by watching other cockatoos.

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