It’s a birdie: Cockatoos learn to play golf by holding ‘clubs’ in beaks to guide a ball to release a treat
- Austrian researchers had birds using stick to guide ball to collapsible platform
- At the collapsible platform a treat was then released
- Dr Antonio Osuna-Mascaro from the University of Veterinary Medicine came up with idea
Cockatoos appear to be able to play golf, a study has claimed.
Austrian researchers wanted to test the extent to which the birds use primate-level tool-using abilities in a test inspired by golf.
In the study, the birds used a beak-held stick to guide a ball to a collapsible platform to release a treat.
In the study, the birds used a beak-held stick to guide a ball to a collapsible platform to release a treat (stock image)
Dr Antonio Osuna-Mascaro, from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, came up with the idea.
He said: ‘One of the most amazing aspects of the process was to observe how they each invented their own individual technique, sometimes with astonishing dexterity.’
Of the 11 cockatoos involved in the study, five managed to solve the golf puzzle, but six were unable to find the solution.
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