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Friday, May 11, 2012
Via Andrew Sullivan, I read a piece evaluating the evidence on whether talking birds knew what they were saying. Well, let me clear this matter up right now. My parrot is just a Quaker parrot mind you, not one of the really smart kinds like the African Grey. Now he's heard us say "num-nums" to the cats when feeding them canned food twice a day for the last two years. Recently he began saying "num nums?" "num nums?" every time he sees us with a kind of food he likes, or whenever I approach his cage with water or food - even though I've never used the phrase to him.

So yeah, in some cases at least, birds know EXACTLY what they're saying.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 9:18 AM
  • You are leaving out the part where I am feeding the cats and saying "Num nums!" at the EXACT SAME TIME that you give the bird food and water.

    By Blogger Dr. Brazen Hussy, at 8:54 PM  
  • Wow. That's just so...wow.

    And yet, at the same time, two years?

    By Blogger Rebecca, at 12:30 AM  
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