Sulfur-Crested Cockatoos In Sydney Learn How To Pry Open Garbage Bins The journal Science explains how Cockatoos are getting good at opening trash can lids. The birds learn from each other how to open the lid, hold it and walk along the side before flipping it over.

Sulfur-Crested Cockatoos In Sydney Learn How To Pry Open Garbage Bins

Sulfur-Crested Cockatoos In Sydney Learn How To Pry Open Garbage Bins

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The journal Science explains how Cockatoos are getting good at opening trash can lids. The birds learn from each other how to open the lid, hold it and walk along the side before flipping it over.

A MARTINEZ, HOST:

Good morning. I'm A Martinez. Opening the lid of a trash bin might seem mundane, but when sulphur-crested cockatoos do it, it's awesome. And research in the journal Science showed that cockatoos in Sydney are getting really good at it. Opening a trash can lid is complex. First, they open the lid, hold it, walk along the side before flipping it over - an unconventional foraging technique for birds. Now, the best part is these birds are learning how to do it from each other. It's MORNING EDITION.

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