November 5, 2012

Figaro the Cockatoo Makes, Uses Tools

Virginia Morell, Science Now


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Figaro may not be as talented an inventor as Leonardo da Vinci, but among Goffin's cockatoos, he's a prodigy. In their natural habitat—the forests of Indonesia these cockatoos have never been seen making or using tools. But researchers report today—that Figaro, a member of a captive colony of the birds in Austria, invents and uses stick tools of his own design.

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TAGGED: Birds, Tools