December 31, 2006

  • BBC is an entertaining site. ;^)

    It gets the cool stories, and no mistake, such as this one:  
    Parrot's oratory stuns scientists

    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.


    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?"

    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."


Comments (2)

  • This is pretty amazing, but the end of the article with the comments about parrot owners who should be concerned that they're meeting their parrots' needs and how they might improve the parrots' quality of life - well, they lost me. GAAAAAAAAAAG!


  • Well, it IS the BBC, after all.

    Frankly, that made me quite determined to never own a parrot. Too much responsibility. OTOH, the LORD, who designed and created parrots dumped 'em in the wild with precious little verbal stimulation at all, so there one is.

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