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Jan 27, 2004

Interesting article on BBC News Online about a parrot that "is believed to be one of the most advanced users of human language in the animal world".

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3430481.stm


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* ahem...* Jan 28, 2004



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Lorenzo Lilli  Identity Verified
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LOL! Jan 28, 2004

Parrot wrote:



Hats off to Parrot!


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Charlotte Blank  Identity Verified
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What about... Jan 28, 2004

one of the most advanced users of animal language in the human world??? Is there any?

LOL!

Charlotte


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Parrot Psychology (for parrot-lovers) Jan 28, 2004

The parrot's learning motive in the human environment (read, carrot, or rather more common, "chocolate") has to do with attention-getting tactics. If in the jungle he once used his mimicking capacity to camouflage, it has become the reverse in the human world -- when a human notices him, he gets fed.

And humans usually notice him due to the human sense of humour.

A parrot's sense of humour thus develops fast. There's one here who drives the owner of a pet shop crazy by imitating his mobile phone at the most unexpected moments.

Another one I knew blew raspberries everytime he heard someone telling a joke, in the run-up to the punchline (they have perfect timing).

A third who was stationed at a tropical restaurant (the corporate logo) would say "please take a seat" everytime the door opened.

But never come at them from above. The human hand following an impulse to stroke resembles a bird of prey too much, and this is a memory they have in their genes.



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best mimic Jan 28, 2004

The parrot may be pretty good as an all-round comic, but the best mimic in the bird world is the lyrebird. Anyone who watched David Attenborough's programme The Life of Birds will undoubtedly remember the lyrebird that did a perfect imitation of the photographer's motor wind camera, the camera crew's car engine and car alarm as well as 12 other birds!!

http://www.pbs.org/lifeofbirds/songs/


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wow! Jan 28, 2004

Chris Hopley wrote:

The parrot may be pretty good as an all-round comic, but the best mimic in the bird world is the lyrebird. Anyone who watched David Attenborough's programme The Life of Birds will undoubtedly remember the lyrebird that did a perfect imitation of the photographer's motor wind camera, the camera crew's car engine and car alarm as well as 12 other birds!!

http://www.pbs.org/lifeofbirds/songs/


Amazing! On the other hand, Woodstock is not so smart, is he? http://www.snoopy.com/comics/peanuts/meet_the_gang/meet_woodstock.html


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I beg to disagree Jan 31, 2004

This is all wrong, penguins are far more clever than parrots!

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