News and research highlights from the group "Comparative Cognition"

A scientist is on the left of the picture, raising a finger. The blue-throated macaw on the right of the picture is sitting on a perch and holding one foot aloft

This ability is an important prerequisite for self-representation and episodic memory more

Auguste von Bayern from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence with a macaw in the breeding station of the Loro Parque Foundation. Since 2014, von Bayern has been leading the Comparative Cognition Research Group at the MPI and runs a research station on Tenerife where her team investigates the cognitive abilities of different parrot species comparatively, collaborating with the Loro Parque Foundation, which keeps the largest collection of parrots in the world.

Interview with zoologist Auguste of Bavaria on endangered parrots and their suitability as pets more

New Marshmallow-Test in parrots

African grey parrots may have better self-control than macaws more

Prosocial and tolerant parrots help others to obtain food

African grey parrots spontaneously help conspecifics without obvious benefits to themselves more

New Caledonian crows can create compound tools

The birds are able to combine individual parts to form a long-distance reaching aid more

Parrots think in economic terms

Parrots think in economic terms

September 01, 2018

These birds can forgo an immediate reward in favour of a greater reward in the future. more

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