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Cockatoos Know What Goes On Behind Barriers
2013-07-29 09:58:11

University of Vienna How do you know that the cookies are still there although they have been placed out of your sight into the drawer? How do you know when and where a car that has driven into a tunnel will reappear? The ability to represent and to track the trajectory of objects, which are temporally out of sight, is highly important in many aspects but is also cognitively demanding. Alice Auersperg and her team from the University of Vienna and Oxford show that "object permanence"...

Cockatoos Pick Locks For Nuts
2013-07-04 11:10:16

Watch the video "Cockatoos Pick Puzzle Locks" Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Vienna have trained Goffin's cockatoos to unlock a series of locks before receiving their food, demonstrating the birds are capable of learning and completing long, complex tasks for rewards. Working together with the Max Planck Institute, the team built a box with five locks, each one barring the way to the next. Once each of these...

2013-02-01 23:00:16

Foster Parrots thanks Animal Support and its co-founders Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi for their help and adoption of recently rescued cockatoo named Ziggy. Proper bird care is important and the charity urges all pet owners to understand that every animal has special needs. Hope Valley, RI (PRWEB) February 01, 2013 A white cockatoo named Ziggy was recently found abandoned in a foreclosed home, now he is a happy and safe resident of the New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary. Thanks to the...

Cockatoo Makes Its Own Tools
2012-11-06 07:18:51

[ Watch the Video: Cockatoo Making And Using Own Tools ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Goffin's cockatoo, a species not known for tool use in the wild, has been observed spontaneously making and using tools for reaching food and other objects. The cockatoo named Figaro was raised in captivity and currently lives near Vienna. A new study, published in Current Biology, shows Figaro using his powerful beak to cut long splinters out of wooden beams and...

2009-04-28 15:17:00

Police in New York state said a woman who became stuck up to her waist in mud while chasing her pet cockatoo managed to dig herself out. New York State Police said the 55-year-old Cortlandt woman chased her pet bird when it flew from her home and headed toward the woods just after 1 p.m. Monday, The (White Plains, N.Y.) Journal News reported Tuesday. The bird escaped from the residence and she went into the woods to pick the bird back up, said state Trooper John Bode. She wound up getting...

2009-02-28 13:07:10

A former firefighter in Maryland rendered mute by a car accident says a pair of talkative pet parrots helped him regain his speech. Brian Wilson of Damascus, Md., gives credit to the birds for their determination to keep talking to him, eventually prompting his damaged brain to respond in kind. In gratitude, Wilson says he has since rescued about 80 exotic birds, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. Head injuries suffered in the accident 14 years ago caused doctors to say he would never...

2005-08-04 08:46:32

By Lenita Sulthani CIKANANGA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Looking irritated, Indonesian animal trainer Alen tries to ignore the loud shrieks of "good morning" coming from white cockatoos in an outdoor cage. "Please don't answer them," said Alen, walking past other exotic birds such as Javanese eagles and birds of paradise at an animal rescue shelter in Indonesia's West Java. "We are training the animals to be wild here." The birds are among 1,300 protected animals in the sanctuary run by a...

Latest Cockatoo Reference Libraries

2006-09-25 15:06:34

The Galah, Eolophus roseicapilla, is one of the most common bird of the cockatoo family. It occupies open country in almost all of mainland Australia. Galahs are absent only from the driest areas and the far north of Cape York Peninsula. They appear to have been self-introduced to Tasmania. They are common in some metropolitan areas, for example Perth and Melbourne, and common to abundant in open habitats which offer at least some scattered trees for shelter. There are three subspecies of...

2006-09-25 15:03:29

The Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus funereus, is a large cockatoo native to the south-east of Australia. It is found from Eyre Peninsula to south and central eastern Queensland. In some areas they have adapted to humans and can be often seen in many parts of urban Sydney and Melbourne. They are one of the more well-loved and characteristic birds of southern Australia. Adult birds are between 21.6 and 25.6 inches in length, black overall with paler feather-margins and patches...

2006-09-25 15:00:26

The Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus banksii, is a large cockatoo native to Australia, being more common in arid areas. Usually found in eucalypt woodlands, or along water courses, these seed-eating cockatoos are commonly seen in large flocks in the north of the country. Populations of the south-east region of Australia are threatened by clearing of native habitat. The Red-tailed Black Cockatoo was the official mascot of the 2006 Commonwealth Games, held in Melbourne,...

2006-09-25 14:59:15

The Palm Cockatoo, Probosciger aterrimus, is a large black parrot of the cockatoo family. It is found in northern Queensland and New Guinea. It can also be found in Cape York, although it is threatened there due to habitat loss. They are in high demand for the pet trade due to its unusual appearance. It measures around 21.6 to 23.6 inches in length and weighs between 1.1 and 2.2 lbs. It is a distinctive bird with a large crest and one of the largest bills of any parrot (only the Hyacinth...

2006-09-15 10:20:14

The Short-billed Black Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus latirostris is a cockatoo endemic to south-western Australia.

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