Context-dependent tool use in New Caledonian crows.

@article{Taylor2012ContextdependentTU,
  title={Context-dependent tool use in New Caledonian crows.},
  author={Alex H Taylor and Gavin R. Hunt and Russell D Gray},
  journal={Biology letters},
  year={2012},
  volume={8 2},
  pages={205-7}
}
Humans and chimpanzees both exhibit context-dependent tool use. That is, both species choose to use tools when food is within reach, but the context is potentially hazardous. Here, we show that New Caledonian crows used tools more frequently when food was positioned next to a novel model snake than when food was positioned next to a novel teddy bear or a familiar food bowl. However, the crows showed no significant difference in their neophobic reactions towards the teddy bear and the model… CONTINUE READING

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