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Tue Aug 31, 2021, 12:31 PM

Wild cockatoos observed using tools as 'cutlery' to extract seeds from tropical fruit

Wild cockatoos have been observed using three types of tools as “cutlery” to extract seeds from tropical fruit.

Researchers made the discovery while studying Goffin’s cockatoos on the Tanimbar Islands, a remote archipelago in Indonesia.

The team noticed the behaviour in two wild cockatoos, who crafted tools from tree branches and used them to extract seed matter from sea mangoes, a tropical fruit.

The Goffin’s cockatoo, also known as the blushing cockatoo and the Tanimbar corella, is endemic to the archipelago but has also been introduced to Puerto Rico and Singapore.


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