Amazing talking parrot

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Subject: Amazing talking parrot
From: Scot Mcphee <>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2007 17:48:09 +1000
On 09/01/2007, at 3:37 PM, Ricki Coughlan wrote:
G'day bird lovers

This is an interesting link on the powers of parrot mind and speech - at least 950 words in this bird's vocabulary, use of past, present and future tense, making up descriptive phrases. He's invented words like "flied" for "flew" and "pretty smell medicine" for aromatherapy oils. I'm suspicious that it's a hoax, but it is on the BBC News website.

Read more on this amazing bird 3430481.stm

Irene Pepperberg, eat your heart out!

But surely the difference is that Dr Pepperberg's material is published in peer-reviewed journals? Can't really describe BBC Wildlife Magazine as a scientific journal.

Still, an interesting read and a very capable parrot!

There's also Gisela Kaplan's and Lesley Roger's book "Birds: Their habits and skills" which if my memory serves me correctly contains some anecdotal evidence of parrots' cognitive abilities.


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