[Tweeters] Can An Old Parrot Learn New Tricks?

Devorah the Ornithologist birdologist at gmail.com
Thu Jun 2 04:01:57 PDT 2016


hello everyone,

i just published a piece that you might find interesting. this study
investigates the problem-solving abilities of wild free-roaming kaka in New
Zealand and finds that the young birds are the best problem-solvers, and
adults are the worst:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2016/06/02/can-an-old-parrot-learn-new-tricks/

this is in stark contrast to their closest relatives, the kea, where adults
are the best problem-solvers. although these birds are close relatives,
they live in vastly different habitats, which makes one wonder how ecology
shaped the evolution of these two species' cognitive abilities?

please do share this story widely with your friends and colleagues.

cheers,

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