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November 6 2012

Scientists Observe Cockatoo Making And Using Tools


A Goffinís cockatoo, a species not known for tool use in the wild, has been observed spontaneously making and using tools for reaching food and other objects.

The cockatoo named Figaro was raised in captivity and currently lives near Vienna. A new study, published in Current Biology, shows Figaro using his powerful beak to cut long splinters out of wooden beams and twigs from a branch to reach and rake in objects out of the birdís reach.

The research team from the University of Oxford and the University of Vienna filmed Figaro making and using these tools.

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