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)
More from Vetstreet:
5 Cold Weather Pet Dangers to Avoid
Bald Eagles Making a Remarkable Comeback, Even Near Urban Areas
5 Dog Breeds That Are Sadly Losing Popularity
Video: Kitten & Parrot Fight Over Couch Supremacy
Why Does My Dog… Sleep Belly Up?
Another test of intelligence proved aparrot of having the equivalence of a 3 year old. He could solve a 10 stage puzzle in under two minutes.
News, stories, tips and laughs for moms & dads
In a few short weeks you'll be dropping your child off at college, where they'll spend the next four years learning, laughing, and probably partying. Of course, in true teen fashion, your child has already started shopping for their dorm room essentials. Don't panic just yet!
When tots burst through the door after a busy day at school, the first order of business is securing a snack.
The only thing more important than what you pack your child for lunch is what you pack it in.
Frustrated mom invents Ignore No More app
Do you have the right mix of moms surrounding you?
It's hard to keep young kids entertained while being confined indoors, but fear not, for we have some fun ideas to keep the entire family from climbing the walls during rainy days.
Back in our day, ending up with the same exact backpack as your BFF was a legitimate back-to-school concern. Nowadays? There are so many options, it's dizzying!
It is a parent’s eternal dilemma: What do I make the kids for lunch today? And tomorrow? And next week? We fall into ruts, succumb to the tried-and-true, give in to our children’s demands for junk food. No more! These school lunch ideas—for everything from sandwiches to snacks to hot meals—will freshen up your daily routine, so much so you may be tempted to make them for yourself.
Whether your kids have recently gone back to school or are preparing to go shortly, it's never too late to start thinking about how we can make this year successful and low-stress, both for our kids and ourselves. With that, here are 6 things parents might want to stop doing this year in order to make it the best one yet...for all of you!
Some families spend their after-dinner time playing card games, watching television, or prepping for the next day. And that is fine and dandy, but be sure to incorporate some new, fun games and activities into your evenings to keep it fresh and exciting during the school year.
Head back to school in style with these fashionable, affordable picks
Helpful tips for easing first day jitters.