Tue Nov 6, 2012, 09:38 AM
n2doc (26,043 posts)
Cockatoo 'Can Make Its Own Tools'
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ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2012) — A cockatoo from a species not known to use tools in the wild has been observed spontaneously making and using tools for reaching food and other objects.
A Goffin's cockatoo called 'Figaro', that has been reared in captivity and lives near Vienna, used his powerful beak to cut long splinters out of wooden beams in its aviary, or twigs out of a branch, to reach and rake in objects out of its reach. Researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Vienna filmed Figaro making and using these tools.
How the bird discovered how to make and use tools is unclear but shows how much we still don't understand about the evolution of innovative behaviour and intelligence.
Dr Alice Auersperg of the University of Vienna, who led the study, said: 'During our daily observation protocols, Figaro was playing with a small stone. At some point he inserted the pebble through the cage mesh, and it fell just outside his reach. After some unsuccessful attempts to reach it with his claw, he fetched a small stick and started fishing for his toy.
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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 10:37 AM
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8. ... No-one has ever reported [a parrot] sculpturing a tool out of shapeless wood in order to use it
later with great sophistication," said Professor Alex Kacelnik of Oxford University, an author of the study ...