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#238003 - 09/20/11 01:10 AM Pet parrots, teaching native birds to talk.  
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Pet parrots, such as cockatoos, that are let loose in the wild are teaching native birds to talk.

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#238004 - 09/20/11 01:15 AM Re: Pet parrots, teaching native birds to talk. [Re: Jerry]  
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That's got to be a bit odd, walking under a tree and having a too use expletives as you pass by!!


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#238017 - 09/20/11 09:11 PM Re: Pet parrots, teaching native birds to talk. [Re: BE2Cassie]  
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I bet they also let the wild ones know what the words mean, or at least, what they feel they mean. . .interspecies communication, or possibly miscommunication, is on the way. Should we be glad or frightened?

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#238314 - 10/05/11 01:49 PM Re: Pet parrots, teaching native birds to talk. [Re: Jerry]  
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That may be happening here (Iowa) as well. Not certain it's released or escaped birds, though; several of the blackbird family are pretty adept at learning human words. Anyhow, a crow hollered at me something the other day that sounded very like "HAWK!". This may be one of the crows that came and drove the hawk out of the tree near our apartment when Phred gave the "Predator Alarm" last year. If so, he (or she) is better equipped than I to know where the hawk is, and I'm grateful for the warning! Not that the hawk is likely to try to grab me, of course, but still it's a nice gesture.


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#238316 - 10/05/11 04:50 PM Re: Pet parrots, teaching native birds to talk. [Re: Jerry]  
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Crows and starlings are great talkers and they pick it up quickly. One day at the zoo hearing laughter I thought there were children playing in the paddock with the horses. So up I went to chase the little buggers out and no kids! The laughter came again from above my head. Sitting on a branch looking down on me was a big old crow laughing his brains out!!! I think at me!


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#238331 - 10/06/11 06:24 AM Re: Pet parrots, teaching native birds to talk. [Re: Jerry]  
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(chuckle) We had a neighbor one place we lived who had raised a baby crow they found in the yard. He would "help" the mom when she wanted to get the children in the house: instead of standing in the doorway calling, she only had to call once, and the crow would keep on hollering the kid's name (whichever one was wanted) over and over until he or she came in. This bird didn't live in the house all the time; he sort of came and went at his discretion. It was out in the country, and he was a very wise bird when it came ot dodging predators. I think he had a mate, and they nested seomwhere on the property.


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