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Date: 2011-09-19 11:54
Subject: Paging silver_chipmunk
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Saw this article and immediately thought of you. Escaped pet birds are teaching wild birds to speak

This entry was originally posted at http://mrs-sweetpeach.dreamwidth.org/317124.html.
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User: wpadmirer
Date: 2011-09-19 16:34 (UTC)
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Oooo! I love that!
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silver_chipmunk: laugh
User: silver_chipmunk
Date: 2011-09-20 00:49 (UTC)
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creepily awesome! Thanks for alerting me! Whenever I see the parrot flocks now I'll wonder if they're gossiping about people. ;-)

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User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2011-09-21 15:57 (UTC)
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I know some parrots have amazingly large vocabularies and are smart enough to link objects (and perhaps actions) with specific sounds/words. I don't know whether they understand words that relate to emotions (I wouldn't rule it out, but I have no knowledge on the subject). Taking a behavioristic stance, if having language improves a parrot's life, I'd expect parrots to continue talking even when they are (or become) wild. I think investigating this would make fascinating research. Do wild parrots gossip? Do they have actual conversations with words they picked up from humans?

Ah, if only I were rich and unafraid of big cities and international travel...
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