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15 remarkable animals that use tools

By: Bryan Nelson on Oct. 28, 2009, 10:09 a.m.
A Satin Bowerbird stands on a pile of dirt

Photo: Francesco Veronesi/Wikimedia Commons [CC by SA-2.0]

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Most birds share one type of remarkable tool-related trait in common: the ability to build a nest. Bowerbirds, usually found in Australia or New Guinea, take it one step further; they do it for romance. To lure a mate, the male builds a complicated bower, an obsessively constructed structure that often utilizes items as diverse as bottlecaps, beads, broken glass or whatever else he can find that looks pretty and attracts attention.