Did You Know Parrot Parents Name Their Babies?

Posted by TF Oren

The communicative talents of parrots have long been known to scientists and bird owners alike.

However, it seems that some wild parrots take things a step further and name their young!

Dr. Karl Berg of the University of California at Berkeley and National Geographic spent months in Venezuela studying the vocalizations of green-rumped parrotlets.

Berg and his team noticed that parent birds used individualized calls to communicate with each of their chicks who appeared to learn and respond to those tailor-made calls from their parents.

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If, in fact, the chicks are learning their individualized calls directly from their parents, this research marks the first example of a nonhuman species teaching its young this type of communication.

Click here for a more in-depth look at exactly how parrots learn their names in the wild. And if you're in the mood for more parrot action, check out these hilariously crafty parrots giving cats a taste of their own medicine.

Have you experienced the vocal talents of a parrot? Tell us about it in the comments section!

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Did You Know Parrot Parents Name Their Babies?