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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2009

Authors: Auersperg, AM; Gajdon, GK; Huber, L

Title: Kea (Nestor notabilis) consider spatial relationships between objects in the support problem.

Source: Biol Lett. 2009; 5(4):455-458

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Auersperg Alice Isabel Marie
Gajdon Gyula
Huber Ludwig

The "Support Problem" is a benchmark test to investigate the understanding of spatial relationships between objects. We tested kea parrots" performance in a paradigm that has previously been studied in primates. Kea perform comparably well to tamarins when they are confronted with a choice between two support devices, one of which has a reward resting on it and the other slightly next to it, or when given a choice between a continuous and a disrupted support. Kea did better than chimpanzees in some tasks in which the perceptual connection of the food to the support was altered. The results indicate that kea are capable of assessing the spatial means-end relationships of this problem spontaneously and in a way that is comparable with primates.

Keywords Pubmed: Animals
Behavior, Animal*
Feeding Behavior
Imitative Behavior
Problem Solving*
Reinforcement (Psychology)
Spatial Behavior
Species Specificity
Time Factors

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