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Apparently a team of Cockatoos at the University of Vienna has mastered the art of lock-picking, succeeding in opening a series of five complex locks in sequence without any prior experience. Accomplishing this kind of complex puzzle-solving involves keen observation, the ability to think on one's feet, and a mastery of "strategic and spatial reasoning."
Parrot owners -- and wild parrot watchers -- won't be too surprised by these findings. After all, the parrots that we see in Brooklyn are constantly involved in complex engineering and construction tasks -- this is why they are often referred to as the "master architects of the bird world." Parrots are smart, resourceful, clever, and persistent: once they've set their mind on a problem, they won't give up until the objective is met.
Additionally, this new information supports the hypothesis that the ancestors of today's wild Brooklyn parrots didn't just take advantage of an open window at the airport's old Quarantine Facility, but instead planned and executed a complex jailbreak in order to gain their freedom.