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15 remarkable animals that use tools

By: Bryan Nelson on Oct. 28, 2009, 10:09 a.m.
A woodpecker finch stands on a mossy stump in a forest

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Woodpecker finch

There are several species of finch that use tools, but the most famous might be the Galapagos woodpecker finch. Since its beak can't always squeeze into the small holes where insects live, the bird compensates by finding a twig of the perfect size and using it as a tool to pry out its meal.