A recent study has shown that pet parrots, when taught to use video calls to communicate with one another, experience reduced loneliness. By providing the birds with a tablet for making video calls, researchers observed an increase in social behaviors such as preening, singing, and play. The parrots were allowed to choose their “friends” to call via the touchscreen tablet, and it was discovered that the most frequently called birds were the most popular choices among the parrots.
As a woodpecker relentlessly pecks at tree trunks, its tongue retracts into its skull and encircles the brain, providing essential protection from the intense vibrations. This remarkable adaptation is just one of the many unique traits of woodpeckers, who also possess specialized beaks and robust neck muscles, enabling them to efficiently drill into trees in search of insects, create nesting cavities, and communicate through drumming patterns. These fascinating birds truly exemplify the wonders of nature and evolutionary design.