Australian cockatoos have learned to open trash cans

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Australian cockatoos have learned to open trash cans

Australian cockatoos have learned to open trash cans

In Australia, cockatoos living in the vicinity of Sydney have taken over trash cans. More and more parrots are mastering the technology of their discovery. Scientists believe they can exchange these skills, writes New Scientist .

Cockatoo in Sydney find their own food on their own. They can drink from fountains, and they learned how to get food from garbage. Despite the fact that the Australians try to prevent them from getting into the slops so as not to litter the city, the birds overcome obstacles. So, parrots can easily open a container with a brick on the lid.

A group of bird watchers from the German Max Planck Institute studied the testimony of witnesses to the skill of cockatoos and came to the conclusion that over the past three years, the number of birds that can get to the garbage has increased several times. At the same time, hacking methods differ depending on the area of the city. Scientists believe that they succeed due to high intelligence, similar to chimpanzees. They claim that cockatoos are highly trainable and can transfer their knowledge to their relatives.

Recall that in February 2020, Australian scientists were able to teach birds to choose food using demonstration videos. And at the end of last year, an international team of scientists came to the conclusion that sparrows deliberately choose medicinal herbs.

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