New Caledonia Crows Go To ‘Tool- School’ To Learn How To Make Tools

October 27th, 2010 - 7:54 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
crowOct 27, (THAINDIAN NEWS) It came as an astounding revelation by Jenny Holzhaider and colleagues at the University of Auckland who said that Young New Caledonian crows learn to use tools by going to the “tool-school” where they observe their parents to work. New Caledonian crows are renowned for their extraordinary intelligence and their ability to fashion their tools to solve problems. The scientists have also reveled that New Caledonian crows live in small groups and it allows the young birds to play with the “grown up” tools.

The scientists have revealed that New Caledonian crows make the most complex tools of any other animals other than humans. Jenny Holzhaider and colleagues at the University of Auckland studied the behaviors of New Caledonian crows in Mare, New Caledonia to investigate and came to the conclusion that this crow species can even use many tools to solve a task. They use the tools generally to catch insects and other kinds of invertebrates. Department of Psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand officials reveled previously that the birds were able to use three tools at the same time to trap their food.

One of the researcher of University of Auckland, said told a reputed media source that the social system of crows is based on the high quality relationships with other crows, mainly with the “immediate family” of the New Caledonia crows. However, the study also reveals that these birds live in small complex social groups and they enhance their tool-using ability within their family itself. Dr. Hunt, one of the co-researchers said that the New Caledonia crows “closely” follow their parents while making tools and learn form them.

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