A case of quick problem solving in birds: string pulling in keas, <ce:italic>Nestor notabilis</ce:italic>

@article{Werdenich2006ACO,
  title={A case of quick problem solving in birds: string pulling in keas, <ce:italic>Nestor notabilis</ce:italic>},
  author={Dagmar Werdenich and Ludwig Huber},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2006},
  volume={71},
  pages={855-863}
}
Keas are extremely inquisitive birds that explore and manipulate objects with their beak and feet when foraging or at play. We investigated how captive keas face a problem that they have never encountered before: food objects suspended from a long string. Using this well-probed test for means–end comprehension, our aim was to see whether, and how, the keas solved the task. The seven subjects showed immediate interest in the string and, with the exception of a fledgling, reached the food by… CONTINUE READING

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