In 2011, behavioral biologists conducted a series of experiments leading to interesting results about the intelligent behaviors of the cockatoos. These cockatoos managed to solve complex sequences of mechanical locks. However, the BIG question was "HOW did the birds do it?".
With the goals to study the underlying mechanism of the birds' behaviors, and to build smarter, more robust robotic systems, the two teams, behavioral biologists and roboticists, decided to collaborate within the project Parrobots (parrots + robots).