Cockatoo shows tool-making skills


A captive-bred Goffin's cockatoo has surprised researchers by spontaneously making and using "tools" to reach food.

The species is not known to use tools in the wild.

Researchers recorded the cockatoo - named Figaro - repeatedly breaking off splinters from a wooden beam and use them to reach nuts on the other side of his wire enclosure.

The team believe Figaro's feat is the first recorded instance of tool-making among parrots.

In this clip you can see Figaro using the tool to reach food.

Video courtesy of Vienna University and Oxford University.

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