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Tool use by an European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

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Uploaded on Nov 6, 2010

Chur, my European Starling, uses an aluminum foil ball to transfer dryed, powdered dog food from his food dish to his water dish. He does this every day, several times a day and is the only time he "plays" with the foil balls. I've been told it's a hard sell to tool use in an animal species, but it seems pretty clear that's what's happening with Chur. I have some other tool use experiments planned with Chur and time will tell if he will adapt other tools.

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