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Cockatoos learn from each other: Open the bin, put in the beak


In Australia, cockatoos open garbage cans and steal leftovers. A research team has now found out: The birds have learned how to behave appropriately from one another - and they pass this knowledge on.

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This yellow-crested cockatoo in Sydney knows exactly how to get a quick meal easily.

An international research team has now found that the ability to open garbage cans with beak and feet is not only in the genes of adaptable birds.

The cockatoos have apparently copied from conspecifics.

In 2018, humans only observed this animal behavior in three areas in Australia.

At the end of 2019, the cockatoos were already fishing leftovers from garbage cans in 44 areas.

In places where many cockatoos live, the behavior also spreads faster.

The research team therefore assumes that the cockatoos have learned from each other.

However, according to the researchers' observations, only around ten percent of cockatoos can open the containers themselves.

The rest of them have to wait until the garbage cans are opened and only then get their turn.

Source: spiegel

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