Gulls are as smart as parrots when they are foraging for food, study suggests 

Gulls are as smart as parrots when they are foraging for food, study suggests 
Gulls are as smart as parrots when they are foraging for food, study suggests 
Gulls are as smart as parrots when they are foraging for food, study suggests  Gulls could be as smart as parrots when it comes to getting a hold of food  The birds are renowned for snatching chips from unwary visitors to the seaside  They analysed wild ring-billed gulls to see if they could ‘work out’ a simple test

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Gulls could be as smart as parrots when it comes to getting a hold of food, a study has found.

Renowned for snatching chips from unwary visitors to the seaside, the birds possess the skills to solve problems in order to earn a treat, according to researchers at the University of Newfoundland in Canada.

They analysed wild ring-billed gulls, pictured – which can sometimes be found in Britain – to see if they could ‘work out’ that pulling on a string would draw a small piece of sausage out of a clear box. 

A quarter solved the test within three attempts, while one in five got it the first time.

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