A dumpster lid or two won’t stop a cockatoo from feasting

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Washington (AFP) – One of the key ways humans acquire new skills is by observing proficient individuals in action: think of a child learning by watching older siblings, or budding athletes emulating the techniques of established stars. Turns out the same is true of cockatoos, according to a study published Thursday in Science. A few members of the highly intelligent Australian bird species figured out how to pry open trash cans to forage for food, then rapidly spread the gospel to neighboring groups across the suburbs of Sydney until it became more common knowledge, the paper said. Lead author…

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