The Goffin’s cockatoo (Cacatua goffiniana)
Goffins are opportunistic feeding generalists in the wild and it likely that they possess domain general intelligence supported by a rich knowledge base of affordances within its environment. They are remarkable for their inquisitiveness as well as their sophisticated object manipulation. They play with objects intensively and in an intrinsically organized manner, combining them in various ways.
In our previous experiments they have proved skilled at solving technical tasks that require the acquisition of novel motor patterns outside their typical repertoire. Notably, they are also surprisingly skilful in tasks involving the use and manufacture of tools both in captivity as well as (as we recently learned) in wild settings.
The information used during problem-solving seems to be acquired through playful manipulation, and can be recruited when necessary, most likely by an executive cognitive function.