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They’re all squawk: parrots have the human touch but not the perception

New Zealand’s kea parrots can use touchscreen but cannot tell real and virtual worlds apart, study shows

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An endangered parrot found only in New Zealand has shown it can be taught to use a touchscreen but has trouble telling virtual and real worlds apart.

The study, which involved the kea parrot, was carried out by University of Auckland PhD student Amalia Bastos to get a better insight into how the birds responded to virtual stimuli.

“Kea, Nestor notabilis, present an excellent model species to assess whether parrots, and potentially other species, might perceive the real and virtual worlds as continuous,” Bastos wrote in the Biology Letters journal...

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