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Cockatoos Teach Friends to Raid Trash Bins

Ecologists have determined that cockatoos, which are big, white Australian parrots, are learning from one another how to open trash bins. This surprising and complex behavior has spread from cockatoos in three suburbs of Sydney, Australia, to cockatoos in forty-four suburbs. Listen to hear how scientists determined that cockatoos were learning this skill socially and to find out what the scientists hope to study next about the clever trash bin raiders.


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