Saturday, 1 July 2017

Cockatoo Makes Music With a Stick, Defying Darwinian Expectations

Image courtesy of Doug Janson, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Joel Kontinen

Previous research has shown that cockatoos are better tool makers than chimps.

And there’s more. A recent paper on 18 palm cockatoos (Probosciger aterrimus) published in the journal Science Advances looks at the birds’ ability to make their own drumsticks and produce a rhythmic beat.

In contrast, chimps (that evolutionists hail as our cousins) can’t make music instruments.

Even crows beat chimps in intelligence and innovation, defying Darwinian expectations.


Wagner, Andrew. 2017. Watch this cockatoo make music with a stick. Science (28 June).