Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

  • Mood:

Cockatoo Tool Use

Here's a fascinating piece about cockatoo tool use.

What fascinates me is not that they use tools, which a variety of smart birds do.  It's the way they make the tools.  A human wouldn't do it that way.  Cockatoos and other parrots just see the world as more divisible  than humans typically do, because they tear things apart all the time.  A human wouldn't look at a solid beam of wood and see potential tool-sized splinters, because we don't have an easy way to remove such a thing from the surrounding wood.  Humans would look for smaller sticks, and birds will do that too, but parrots don't have to settle for that.  Their beaks are capable of biting off pieces from a solid beam.
Tags: nature, networking, science, wildlife

  • Pool Update

    fuzzyred has updated the pool target list to include microfunding "Come Together to Learn and Create" about cohousing and polyamory.

  • Poetry Fishbowl Themes for Late 2021

    Based on an audience poll, with a few backchannel votes added in, these are the themes for late 2021: Aug. 3, 2021 -- Asexual / Demisexual Intimacy…

  • Pool Open!

    fuzzyred is hosting a pool for the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics. Check the pool post for a list of target poems. If you have other…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.