Goffin’s cockatoos have shown their ability to combine tools and solve tasksthrough an experiment similar to a round of golf.

The research, published in Scientific Reports , demonstrated the Goffin’scockatoo’s problem-solving ability by using a stick to push a ball through abox, triggering a trapdoor mechanism, and causing a cashew nut to be releasedfor the bird.

Previously, the only known case of animals using two tools at the same time isthe chimpanzee cracking nuts using an anvil and hammer.

“This is the first example of the combination of these abilities outsideprimates and indicates that the cognitive preconditions for composite tool usehave also evolved outside the primate lineage,” the paper stated.

Despite no being dependent on tool obtained resources in the wild, incaptivity Goffin’s cockatoos have proven themselves capable of using tools tosolve physical problems.

“The flexible approach to tool related problems both in captivity as well asin the wild suggests that this species’ tool use behaviour is largelyinnovative.

“We define innovation here as the discovery of a new behavioural interactionwith the physical environment, tapping into an existing opportunity and/orcreating a new opportunity.”

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