Do parrots know what they’re saying or are they just repeating sounds?

2 green budgies talking on a perch

The following are the leading paragraphs to some of the more than 30 answers to this question on Quora.

“My African Grey has startled me so many times that I now assume he knows what he’s saying, even if he doesn’t always choose to communicate on that level with My African Grey has startled me so many times that I now assume he knows what he’s saying, even if he doesn’t always choose to communicate on that level with me”.

“Many people believe that parrots are mimics, at best. I would say that parrots use of language does not equal understanding of that language, but can convey meaning.”

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Learning About Condors & Vultures

head shot Andean condor
Andean Condor (above)

I watch a lot of old Westerns and you can always count on the scene where the vultures are circling above the guy that was left in the desert to die just before being rescued (sometimes).

 
I’d like to point out some of the benefits vulture ownership can offer (should you wish to commit a felony). If you have a home on a sizable  property -1 acre, 5 acres, 10 acres – a vulture flock will keep it free of any and all debris/vermin/rodents/dead cats. Vultures are nature’s janitors.

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Do my budgies and cockatiels feel bored or depressed with their life of captivity?

yellow budgiw wearing head phone and rollerblades

Captivity is a relative term. I’m not relegated to my home but I still have to pay rent, go to work, pay taxes and perform all those duties that enable me to be a good neighbor and good citizen of the world.

 

If captivity is all that you know, is it really captivity? We have four budgies, all rescues. We don’t have the background on any of them but we’ve kept them flighted thus they don’t ever leave the cage.

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Exploring Indian Ringnecks

Indian ringneck father with 3 indian ringneck chick in tre hallow

Indian ringnecks aka Rose-winged parrots

Editors note: Approximately 20% of parrots are sexually dimorphic meaning sex can be determined by color. Male eclectus parrots are green, female eclectus are red (with good reason)

Male budgies generally have a blue cere and female’s, a brown cere. Male Indian ringneck’s are the ones with the rings.

Lisa L. G

So I have some questions about IRN’s.

Now all the research I read says NOT to train them for a year as they need this time to get to know their new flock (me, the dogs and my husband). he took to me right off the bat. My hubby he is leery of.. like runs away. Have any tips for them to connect?

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Handicapped Bird Videos – What our birds teach us about disabilities

Single leg dove in the park

We get help desk tickets and phone calls on a regular basis seeking advice for a handicapped bird. The most common disability is splayed foot (especially in budgies).

Splayed foot is when one or both of the bird’s feet turn sideways as a chick. This usually happens to young birds when nesting material is “slippery” so the feet don’t have enough traction to point in the right direction while still in the nest.

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How do I stop our 6 parakeets from laying eggs and making babies?

Multicolored budgies sitting in cage

 Hello, I am in a bit of a situation and I’m hoping that you can help me. I have had three parakeets for almost 6 years now.

 

Recently one of the birds has started to lay eggs. At first we were excited, we didn’t think they would actually lay eggs since we have had them for so long.

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Which are the most affectionate parrots and what makes them that way?

Cute green macaw bird pet play on woman.

Just about any bird has the ability to be “affectionate” but we should define affectionate first.

 

In most cases it goes beyond the affection you would see between a parent and child.

 

At the end of the day all thinking animals have one thing in mind and one purpose on earth which is to procreate.

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Zinc and Parrots

Lovebird in a cage with a bell

Zinc and Parrots:

More than you ever wanted to know!

Fern Van Sant, DVM

For the Birds

17480 Shelburne Way

Los Gatos, Calif. 95030

Reprinted from the Proceedings of the International Aviculturists Society, January , 1997

Zinc Trivia

The element zinc is a naturally occurring metal widely distributed in nature. The atomic number of zinc is 30. It has an atomic weight of 65.37. Zinc is included in group 2B in the periodic chart. Zinc is a good reducing agent.

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