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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:14 pm
This was a featured but older article on the BBC News Online today -


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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3430481.stm

See link for photos, article, and related links

Parrot's oratory stuns scientists
By Alex Kirby
BBC News Online environment correspondent


The finding of a parrot with an almost unparalleled power to communicate with people has brought scientists up short.

The bird, a captive African grey called N'kisi, has a vocabulary of 950 words, and shows signs of a sense of humour.

He invents his own words and phrases if he is confronted with novel ideas with which his existing repertoire cannot cope - just as a human child would do.

N'kisi's remarkable abilities feature in the latest BBC Wildlife Magazine.

N'kisi is believed to be one of the most advanced users of human language in the animal world.

About 100 words are needed for half of all reading in English, so if N'kisi could read he would be able to cope with a wide range of material.


Polished wordsmith

He uses words in context, with past, present and future tenses, and is often inventive.

One N'kisi-ism was "flied" for "flew", and another "pretty smell medicine" to describe the aromatherapy oils used by his owner, an artist based in New York.

When he first met Dr Jane Goodall, the renowned chimpanzee expert, after seeing her in a picture with apes, N'kisi said: "Got a chimp?"


School's in: He is a willing learner
He appears to fancy himself as a humourist. When another parrot hung upside down from its perch, he commented: "You got to put this bird on the camera."

Dr Goodall says N'kisi's verbal fireworks are an "outstanding example of interspecies communication".

In an experiment, the bird and his owner were put in separate rooms and filmed as the artist opened random envelopes containing picture cards.

Analysis showed the parrot had used appropriate keywords three times more often than would be likely by chance.


Captives' frustrations

This was despite the researchers discounting responses like "What ya doing on the phone?" when N'kisi saw a card of a man with a telephone, and "Can I give you a hug?" with one of a couple embracing.

Professor Donald Broom, of the University of Cambridge's School of Veterinary Medicine, said: "The more we look at the cognitive abilities of animals, the more advanced they appear, and the biggest leap of all has been with parrots."

Alison Hales, of the World Parrot Trust, told BBC News Online: "N'kisi's amazing vocabulary and sense of humour should make everyone who has a pet parrot consider whether they are meeting its needs.

"They may not be able to ask directly, but parrots are long-lived, and a bit of research now could mean an improved quality of life for years."
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:19 pm
Laughing thats a gem osso thanks

particularly liked

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"The more we look at the cognitive abilities of animals, the more advanced they appear, and the biggest leap of all has been with parrots."
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:19 pm
African Greys are amazing. I spent some time around one for several months, and he picked up on my voice pattern, and would mimic the sound of my voice perfectly. He sounded just like me.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:23 pm
Ticomaya wrote:
African Greys are amazing. I spent some time around one for several months, and he picked up on my voice pattern, and would mimic the sound of my voice perfectly. He sounded just like me.
did he teach you anything?
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:27 pm
Steve 41oo wrote:
Ticomaya wrote:
African Greys are amazing. I spent some time around one for several months, and he picked up on my voice pattern, and would mimic the sound of my voice perfectly. He sounded just like me.
did he teach you anything?


Yes ... never pick up an African Grey with your bare hand.


Especially if they have that certain look in their eyes ...

http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/6871/african20grey20cu770137mp4.jpg
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:32 pm
Ticomaya wrote:
Yes ... never pick up an African Grey with your bare hand.
Laughing

Actually it is quite disturbing how some animals really know how to humiliate 'umans. Take my cat. Please.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:35 pm
wow i didnt see the pic at first

thats one evil eyed bird

not fit for the christmas dinner table or thanksgiving

if looks could kill...

its 22.37 here, I might not sleep well.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:37 pm
This article may have been posted about back in 2004, but if I'd seen it, I'd forgotten. Loved the descriptions..


I've spent some time around Dys' conure, Fred, back when I stayed with them before I got my house in Albuquerque, and also when I house-sat. He stayed in the cage, though, as I never wanted to lose him even in the house, much less out the door.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:39 pm
ossobuco wrote:
He stayed in the cage, though, as I never wanted to lose him even in the house, much less out the door.
Walter tells me Dys doesnt go that far.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:40 pm
Hahahaha! He could scoot along though, with that car of his.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:47 pm
ossobuco wrote:
Hahahaha! He could scoot along though, with that car of his.
yeah but he has a 'P' plate on the back.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:48 pm
P for parrot, or P for Passport?
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:49 pm
Steve 41oo wrote:
wow i didnt see the pic at first

thats one evil eyed bird

not fit for the christmas dinner table or thanksgiving

if looks could kill...

its 22.37 here, I might not sleep well.


This bird loved females, but always gave me the evil eye.

One day, though, he acted sweet and friendly to me. And when I put out my hand for him to step on it, instead of moving away from me, he stepped on. I thought we had turned a corner in our relationship. Then, ever so slowly, he bent down and bit the ever loving crap out of my thumb. I'm pretty sure he didn't stop biting until he felt bone.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:50 pm
nah "Provisional"

and stay clear "Parrot Pilot"
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:52 pm
Ticomaya wrote:
Steve 41oo wrote:
wow i didnt see the pic at first

thats one evil eyed bird

not fit for the christmas dinner table or thanksgiving

if looks could kill...

its 22.37 here, I might not sleep well.


This bird loved females, but always gave me the evil eye.

One day, though, he acted sweet and friendly to me. And when I put out my hand for him to step on it, instead of moving away from me, he stepped on. I thought we had turned a corner in our relationship. Then, ever so slowly, he bent down and bit the ever loving crap out of my thumb. I'm pretty sure he didn't stop biting until he felt bone.
oh dear. You can get ill from parrot spit. Thats probably what he was thinking, bastard. He should have been omlette.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:52 pm
That African grey Tico showed is gorgeous...

Fred murmurs in the morning very conversationally, but I can't make out the words, besides the unending HI, FRED!!

There are some photos by Grace Roselli with the article, but there was mention of copyright so I thought I'd just give the link.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:55 pm
Steve 41oo wrote:
nah "Provisional"

and stay clear "Parrot Pilot"
Or "Provisional Pilot Porsche Parrot"
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:55 pm
Would that illness be psittocotic?
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 04:58 pm
ossobuco wrote:
Would that illness be psittocotic?
no I believe its called "bitmefu*kinfumaganitis"
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2006 05:16 pm
Steve 41oo wrote:
ossobuco wrote:
Would that illness be psittocotic?
no I believe its called "bitmefu*kinfumaganitis"


Yeah ... I think I caught it.
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