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.
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.
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