Parrots appear to name their young
Scientists believe it may be a historic find.
A National Geographic team studying green-rumped parrotlets in Venezuela found some very rare behavior: The parents seem to name their fledglings.
By listening to recordings of the birds’ chatter, explorer Karl Berg’s team found that the baby birds appeared to recognize and learn individual calls made specifically for them by the adults.
If the babies were learning the contact calls directly from their parents, then this would be the first example of a nonhuman species teaching acoustical communication.
— Watch it at National Geographic
Image: Green-rumped Parrotlet (Arco Images GmbH/Alamy)
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When I was a kid, back in the late sixties, a large raven showed up in my family's yard and it talked! It was friendly, got on are arms, and when it spoke it said, "Hi, I'm spooky," or just "I'm spooky." One of our neighbors took it in and from what I heard it lived a long happy life with him and his family.
how cute :3 i have some birds and i love just watching them they do silly things i <3 them!
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