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Amazing talking parrot
Scot Mcphee <>
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 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/
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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