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

Year: 2010

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

Title: Kea, Nestor notabilis, produce dynamic relationships between objects in a second-order. tool use task.

Source: Anim Behav (80), 5 783-789.

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Auersperg Alice Isabel Marie
Gajdon Gyula
Huber Ludwig

Studies on advanced forms of tool use in birds have mainly been concentrated on corvids. In this study, captive kea, a neophilic New Zealand parrot species, produced different orders of spatial object relationships in a tube-lifting/object-inserting paradigm. Hence, we found that kea, which are neither natural tool users nor nest builders, could readily solve a second-order tool use task. They also learned to produce highly complicated means-means-end sequences in a short period of time. (C) 2010 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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