Latest African Grey Parrot Stories
When African Grey parrots talk, do they mimic sounds or consciously understand their speech?
A Somerset, England, woman said her parrot has been put on the anti-depressant Prozac because the death of her husband made the bird depressed. Helen Dance said the death nine months ago of her husband, George, who had raised the parrot from a chick, took a heavy toll on Fred, an African Grey parrot, The Sun reported Thursday. Dance said experts told her the parrot seemed to be suffering from a deep depression because he could not understand George Dance's sudden absence.
A Brandeis Univesity researcher has shown that an African grey parrot with a walnut-sized brain understands a zero-like concept -- an abstract notion that humans don't typically understand until age 3 or 4, and that can significantly challenge learning-disabled children.
During the course of human evolution, our ancestors eventually grasped the abstract concept of counting nothing, or 'zero'. Is this a unique component of human intelligence? Or does one of the most sophisticated abstractions discovered yet among animals tell us anything about the evolution of intelligence, on Earth or elsewhere?
Raucous squawking erupts from cages filled with dozens of parrots - a hopeful sound from a species on the brink of extinction. The last chance of survival for the Puerto Rican parrot may lie in forest aviaries where these captive birds began their nesting in January under close observation.
- To swell, as grain or wood with water.