African Greys Work Together
A study carried out by scientists has found that African Grey parrots are likely to rely on their own “personalities” when problem solving. A team studying birds at a research centre in Paris discovered that some African Greys preferred to work alone, whilst others chose to work in teams and co-operate with other parrots. The test required two parrots to pull a string at the same time in order to pull a tray full of food towards them. Many of the African greys waited for the other parrots to help them pull the string and therefore earn the reward.
Even more interestingly, in other tests, the birds learned to co-operate by each contributing to the task in a different way. "We used another task in which one individual had to climb on a perch in order to release the tray that was pulled by the second bird," said Dr Bovet who oversaw the study.