The parrots and crows stand out as bird brains who can compete with even the primates at masterminding their environment. When it comes to unfamiliar materials that do not exist in their environment, then the competition heats up. Goffins cockatoos are Near-Threatened parrots from Indonesia belonging to a group of 11 cockatoo and corella species. The reason for their situation is also their saviour because the main hope of avoiding near-extinction is in the great number of captured birds being bred for sale.
At the Universities of Vienna, Austria, Manchester and Oxford, UK, Alice MI.Auersperg, Stefan Borasinski, Isabelle Laumer and Alex Kacelnik have been investigating how the cockatoos utilise tools they adapt from different materials, publishing today – we believe these brainboxes should really be teaching us.