Berenika Mioduszewska

Berenika Mioduszewska
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology · Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

M.Sc., M.Res.

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The Goffin’s cockatoo (Goffin) is known for its advanced cognitive skills in the technical domain and the ability to innovate tool use in captivity. However, until recently, there were little data on the wildlife ecology of this species. Recent fieldwork in its natural habitat, the remote Tanimbar Islands in Indonesia, revealed that wild Goffins co...
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The Tanimbar Corella (Cacatua goffiniana) is a protected bird species endemic to the Tanimbar Islands (Yamdena and its satellite islands) in the Maluku province of Indonesia. The major threats identified to this species are hunting, illegal trade, and habitat loss. Therefore, this study aims to classify the land cover, distribution, and habitat typ...
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Raptor cognition has received limited research attention, despite the importance of comparative investigations for reconstructing the evolution of complex cognition. Field studies provide essential ecological context for cognition in the natural habitat, although this approach is often challenging due to extensive procedures involved in cognitive t...
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The use of different tools to achieve a single goal is considered unique to human and primate technology. To unravel the origins of such complex behaviors, it is crucial to investigate tool use that is not necessary for a species’ survival. These cases can be assumed to have emerged innovatively and be applied flexibly, thus emphasizing creativity...
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New Caledonian crows (NCCs) are proficient tool manufacturers and flexible problem solvers. A study reporting innovative hook bending by a captive individual in 2002 (Weir et al., 2002), has since been cited as a remarkable case of causal reasoning in animals. Recently, however, tool bending has been found to form part of the species’ natural behav...
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Complex novel tasks are often used in animal cognition research to allow discrimination between various learning mechanisms. Successful performance relies on the capacity to identify informational cues from features in the environment. Additionally, observational learning is often considered more beneficial for survival than individual learning. De...
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The ability to innovate, i.e., to exhibit new or modified learned behaviours, can facilitate adaptation to environmental changes or exploiting novel resources. We hereby introduce a comparative approach for studying innovation rate, the ‘Innovation Arena’ (IA), featuring the simultaneous presentation of 20 interchangeable tasks, which subjects enco...
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Experimental work on captive Goffin’s cockatoos (Cacatua goffiniana) has highlighted the remarkable cognitive abilities of this species. However, little is known about its behavior in the natural habitat on the Tanimbar Archipelago in Indonesia. In order to fully understand the evolutionary roots leading to cognitively advanced skills, such as mult...
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The construction of novel compound tools through assemblage of otherwise non-functional elements involves anticipation of the affordances of the tools to be built. Except for few observations in captive great apes, compound tool construction is unknown outside humans, and tool innovation appears late in human ontogeny. We report that habitually too...
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When tested under laboratory conditions, Goffin’s cockatoos (Cacatua goffiniana) demonstrate numerous sophisticated cognitive skills. Most importantly, this species has shown the ability to manufacture and use tools. However, little is known about the ecology of these cockatoos, endemic to the Tanimbar Islands in Indonesia. Here we provide first in...
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The ability to avoid predators is crucial to wild prey animals' survival. Potential danger is signalled, among others, by the presence of predator scents. These odors are used in research both to trigger and to study fear reactions in laboratory animals; they are also employed as repellents against pest rodent species. In our study, we assessed nin...
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Exploration (interacting with objects to gain information) and neophobia (avoiding novelty) are considered independent traits shaped by the socio-ecology of a given species. However, in the literature it is often assumed that neophobia inhibits exploration. Here, we investigate how different approaches to novelty (fast or slow) determine the time a...

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The Goffin's cockatoo or Tanimbar Corella (Cacatua goffiniana), is a species endemic to the Tanimbar islands in Indonesia. This species has exhibited astonishing cognitive skills in previous studies conducted in captivity, including the ability to flexibly manufacture and use tools for accessing food items. However, very little is known about this remarkable species in their natural environment. To reveal which factors contribute to the establishment of such 'seemingly' sophisticated behaviours, we are planning to investigate the foraging ecology and behaviour of wild Goffin’s cockatoos in Indonesia.