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    Parrots Just Like Us

    NewsParrot NewsThursday 03 February 2011
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    Further evidence shows similiarities between parrots and humans

    Scientific evidence shows that humans are not the only species that has “handedness” i.e. – that is either right-handed or left-handed (or in some cases ambidextrous). A study published in the journal Biology Letters claims that parrots nearly all have preferences for either their left hand and left foot or right hand and right foot. The exception is the cockatiel which shows no preference. The researchers, from McQuarie University in Australia,  suggest that this difference has evolved because cockatiels graze on small grass seeds that may require little coordination between the eyes and feet.

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