Cockatoos Learn To Make Tools By Watching Their Friends

More than fifty years ago, humans were pretty well convinced that they were special, different from the rest of the animal kingdom. That all changed in 1964 when Jane Goodall reported her observations of tool use in chimpanzees. Now we have evidence that Goffin's cockatoos, parrots that don't use tools in the wild,… »9/03/14 5:23pm9/03/14 5:23pm


The One Type of Music That All Parrots Everywhere Despise

Parrots obviously have a keen ear, as their incredible skills in mimicry attest. This caused researchers in the U.K. to wonder if they have certain preferences when it comes to music. As their resulting study shows, parrots' taste in music varies from individual to individual. But one thing was made perfectly clear:… »12/26/12 7:30pm12/26/12 7:30pm

This video strongly indicates that parrots will use robots to conspire against us

Sure, making robots for our animal companions seems like a good idea right now — but just wait until this bites us in the ass. The latest experiment in animal/machine integration comes from an electrical and computer engineering student from the University of Florida who has designed and built a mobile robot that's… »12/10/12 5:30pm12/10/12 5:30pm

Grey parrots shown to have the reasoning skills of toddlers

Biologists know that calling someone a "birdbrain" is totally unfair. Birds are much smarter than we give them credit for and they're often observed doing some amazing things — like corvids who can retrieve pieces of food tied to string, or woodpeckers who fashion wood scoops out of tree bark to carry honey home to… »8/08/12 9:35am8/08/12 9:35am

Alex the counting parrot was even smarter than we thought

Alex the gray parrot was no ordinary bird. The subject of a thirty-year investigation into avian cognition, by the time he died in 2007, numerous scientific publications had pointed to Alex as proof that a bird's mathematical abilities could be on par with — and even exceed — those of chimps and other non-human… »2/22/12 10:00am2/22/12 10:00am