Top 16 Smartest Animals in the World

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Goffin's Cockatoo

The Goffin's Cockatoo is part of the cockatoo family of (parrots) and lives in the forests of the Indonesian Tanimbar Islands.

The Goffin’s Cockatoo Plans in Advance

If there are several, consecutive steps needed to solve a problem, the Goffin’s cockatoo plans them. Example: A tasty nut is in a wooden box that’s closed with five locks and bolts.

Only the correct order will open the locks (loosen the screws, remove the bolts, turn the wheel etc.).

The Goffin’s cockatoo needs less than two hours to solve a riddle like this - with no help. This skill is only otherwise seen in chimpanzees.

Goffin’s Cockatoos Are Patient

This isn’t the only example of the cockatoo showing foresight. It’s also pretty patient.

If you teach one that it can swap a pecan nut for a (tastier) cashew nut, it will patiently wait for up to 80 seconds for it.

Goffin's Cockatoo Goffin's Cockatoo - Photo: Brian Upton/Shutterstock