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Enough politics! Watch a Parrot Make and Use Tools! - Cockatoo Figaro

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posted on Nov, 7 2012 @ 04:50 AM

The innovative cockatoo: Figaro invents, makes and uses a tool

Figaro's unusual talent came to light when a student observer at the University of Vienna's Goffin Lab noticed the cockatoo playing with a pebble. The bird dropped the stone through the aviary's wire mesh, where it landed on a wooden beam. Figaro tried to retrieve the stone with his claw. When that failed, he picked up a piece of bamboo and used it to try to rake the stone back into the aviary_but did not succeed.

After trying and failing to reach the nut with a tiny stick he found on the aviary floor, Figaro set about making what he needed. With his beak, he ripped off a large splinter from the wooden beam, a task that took him almost 25 minutes.

Holding his tool in his beak, he eventually raked the nut to a spot where he could grab it with his tongue and beak.

The scientists gave Figaro nine additional trials, and he made the tool required in all cases, except one, when he used a piece of bamboo from the floor. In one instance, he trimmed the side branches from a twig and attempted to use it as a rake_only to discover that the twig was too long. He then removed it and cut it twice with his beak, making a tool of exactly the right length.

edit on 7-11-2012 by Skywatcher2011 because: changed thread title

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posted on Nov, 7 2012 @ 04:51 AM
I thought this was a pretty cool story and video. It amazes me how some animals learn these kinds of tricks. Is this nature at work or is it something that these animals learn from humans and then apply?

Hope you enjoy this

posted on Nov, 7 2012 @ 05:05 AM
Polly REALLY wants that cracker

Definite proof that intelligence does not come only in the form a mastery of communication.
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posted on Nov, 7 2012 @ 09:51 AM
Lol cool ,ill see your parrot and raise you a snowboarding blackbird

posted on Nov, 7 2012 @ 10:33 AM
reply to post by PhoenixOD

I remember seeing this thread and the news story that complemented it. I thought that was cool to see as well

I'll just see your call. But I can't raise anything more at this point. Check?

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