Parrot Talk More Clever Than Thought
Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News
Jan. 17, 2007 â€” A precocious parrot shows off his English skills.
There may be more to parrot talk than simple mimicry, suggests the behavior of one precocious bird.
For the first time, a grey parrot has demonstrated that he can imitate what he sees and hears â€” demonstrating a more complex understanding of his environment than that needed for mimicry â€” according to a study in the current issue of Language Sciences.
The bird, Alex, can also create new word labels for objects by combining words he already knows. For example, he called a juicy red apple that appear to have brought to mind bananas and cherries a “banerry.”