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New Caledonian crows learn the functional properties of novel tool types

Taylor, Alex H.; Elliffe, Douglas M.; Hunt, Gavin R.; Emery, Nathan J.; Clayton, Nicola S.; Gray, Russell D.


New Caledonian crows were presented with Bird and Emery's (2009a) Aesop's fable paradigm, which requires stones to be dropped into a water-filled tube to bring floating food within reach. The crows did not spontaneously use stones as tools, but quickly learned to do so, and to choose objects and materials with functional properties. Some crows discarded both inefficient and non-functional objects before observing their effects on the water level. Interestingly, the crows did not learn to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011-12-14
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0026887


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