Cockatoos solve puzzle


This video says about itself:

July 3, 2013

A species of Indonesian parrot can solve complex mechanical problems that involve undoing a series of locks one after another, revealing new depths to physical intelligence in birds.

A team of scientists from Oxford University, the University of Vienna, and the Max Planck Institute, report in PLOS ONE a study in which ten untrained Goffin’s cockatoos [Cacatua goffini] faced a puzzle box showing food (a nut) behind a transparent door secured by a series of five different interlocking devices, each one jamming the next along in the series.

See also ScienceDaily on this.

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5 thoughts on “Cockatoos solve puzzle

  1. We used to have a blue-front amazon who figured out how to pry open the spring friction latch that kept his cage closed. After getting different types of latches to keep the other latches closed, we finally gave up. He figured them all out. I suspect this isn’t all that uncommon for people who live with the larger psittacine birds.

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