Escaped parrots are teaching their wild brethren to speak

Planet of the Apes may have focused on the wrong species:

Native parrots, especially cockatoos, seem to be learning the art of conversation from their previously domesticated friends.

The Australian Museum’s Search and Discover desk, which offers a free service to identify species, has received numerous reports of encounters with talkative birds in the wild from mystified citizens who thought they were hearing voices.

Martyn Robinson, a naturalist who works at the desk, explains that occasionally a pet cockatoo escapes or is let loose, and “if it manages to survive long enough to join a wild flock, [other birds] will learn from it.” (Australian Geographic via Slashdot.)

Perhaps it’s time to add skyward-pointing cameras to the banks of video surveillance near the borders. This might also be a good time to get a cat. (That’s a good idea even if the parrots never get their act together.)

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About Guy N. Texas

Guy N. Texas is the pen name of a lawyer living in Dallas, who is now a liberal. He was once conservative, but this word has so morphed in meaning that he can no longer call himself that in good conscience. Guy has no political aspirations. He speaks only for himself.
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One Response to Escaped parrots are teaching their wild brethren to speak

  1. I just hope they don’t learn how to use Facebook!

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