A Goffin cockatoo demonstrates to another bird how to make and use a food retrieving stick (c) Alice Auersperg
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Cockatoos teach each other tool-making tricks

Goffin cockatoos have shown an impressive ability to learn from one another how to use and even how to make tools.

A team of researchers has discovered that the birds emulate tool-making tricks when they are demonstrated to them by another bird.

In this clip, the "innovator" bird, named Figaro, demonstrates to another caged bird how to make and use a food retrieving stick.

In the second scene, the bird that has seen the demonstration emulates Figaro's skills.

Footage courtesy of Dr Alice Auersperg/University of Oxford/University of Vienna

  • 03 Sep 2014
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