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Innovative tool manufacture is rare and hard to isolate in animals. We show that an Indonesian generalist parrot, the Goffin's cockatoo, can flexibly and spontaneously transfer the manufacture of stick-type tools across three different materials. Each material required different manipulation patterns, including substrates that required active sculpting for achieving a functional, elongated shape.

Original publication

DOI

10.1098/rsbl.2016.0689

Type

Journal article

Journal

Biol Lett

Publication Date

11/2016

Volume

12

Keywords

innovation, parrot, tool manufacture, Animals, Cockatoos, Male, Tool Use Behavior