Parrot makes and uses tools

A cockatoo called Figaro has astonished scientists by figuring out how to manufacture and use tools.It is the first time a parrot has shown this ability. The captive-reared Goffin's cockatoo uses his bird brain to fashion wooden sticks just the right size and shape for retrieving nuts placed out of his reach.Austrian animal behaviour experts noticed that Figaro was more than just a pretty boy while observing him playing with a small stone.Dr Alice Auersperg, from the University of Vienna, said: "At some point he inserted the pebble through the cage mesh, and it fell just outside his reach. After some unsuccessful attempts to reach it with his claw, he fetched a small stick and started fishing for his toy.

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