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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Will Parrots be the Next Comedians?

Imagine for a moment that the animal world is trying to make contact with man. Perhaps they have something serious to say, but then again they may just want to say "lighten up."

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."
From the BBC

N'kisi is a Congo African Gray Parrot who has developed a vocabulary of about 950 words. At that level he has developed refined communication skills that is even sensitive to tense.
In the past, most people considered that parrots would only mimic human communication.

Not with Nkisi, who even shows a sense of humor when talking to his human counterparts. Some have even suggested this bird offers signs of telepathy with his caretakers. While reading this my thoughts are this may be a stretch, but his communication ability is stunning scientists.

So what kind of message is N'kisi telling, in bridging the gap of human and parrot communication? Well, lets look at one of his comments when a fellow bird was perched upside down.

Nkisi said: "You got to put this bird on the camera."


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