A COCKATOO is believed to have become the first of its species to have spontaneously sculpted a tool to successfully obtain food.
Researchers in Vienna, Austria observed the Goffin’s cockatoo fashioning a tool by splintering wood from a beam to reach food on the other side of wire fencing.
The cockatoo, named Figaro, is believed to be the first parrot to have been recorded constructed a tool in such a way.
“No-one has ever reported [a parrot] sculpturing a tool out of shapeless wood in order to use it later with great sophistication,” said Professor Alex Kacelnik of Oxford University, one of the authors of the study.
Tool-making among species of birds is thought to be rare, although certain species such as the New Caledonian crow are known to exhibit such behaviour in the wild.