Monday, June 27, 2011

Problem Solving: Kea vs. Crow

Researchers from Vienna and Oxford continue to explore the technical skills and innovation of the kea parrot and the New Caledonian crow, arguably the two most intelligent avian species in the world. The shape of the kea's beak makes it impossible for the bird to hold the stick tool straight out in front of it, so the kea must be creative to complete the tasks.

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The research paper by Alice M. I. Auersperg, Auguste M. P. von Bayern, Gyula K. Gajdon, Ludwig Huber, and Alex Kacelnik can be accessed at:

Monday, June 6, 2011

Tool Use in Kea

The Dominion Post published a video by researcher Alice Auersperg at the University of Vienna confirming tool use in kea. The story can be viewed at  .

The research paper by Alice M.I. Auersperg, Gyula K. Gajdon, and Ludwig Huber can be accessed at  .