Parrots are endearing pets, for those of us who love birds, and more often than not, if you tell someone you have a pet bird, the first thing they ask is, “Does your parrot talk?”
It’s pretty fun to have a pet that talks the human language. Especially, when it seems that your bird actually talks in context and almost holds a conversation with you or its other flock-mates. All of our birds talk, but Timmy, our Timneh talks more than others.
All Birds Talk or Sing
Birds are highly social. After all, most companion birds originate from species that live in large flocks. Each species has a distinctive call, whistle or range of chirps and squawks. Some interesting research on parrots in South American even tells us that different flocks of the same species may have accents or different squawks for the same term. Did you know that some parrots even have unique names for their young?
Famous Talking Parrots
Companion parrots have a range of talking abilities from a few poorly enunciated terms to Sparky Williams, the common parakeet who in the 1950’s talked on radio broadcast demonstrating up to 500 words and singing at least 8 nursery rhymes. Alex, the famous African Grey Parrot known in research circles, spoke up to 150 clearly enunciating words in context and demonstrating higher level thinking skills such as understanding properties of items, identifying colors and even doing simple calculations. Another very famous African Grey Parrot was Einstein who was featured on Animal Planet in 2006 in a show where he demonstrated some pretty astounding thinking and communication skills.
Learn About Talking Birds Here
Check out this article on the 10 best talking birds. Even if your parrot doesn’t talk human language, you can establish communication skills with it simply by learning how to read parrot body language.