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Do talking birds understand what they are saying?

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I've seen birds talk and perform tricks, but do they understand the meaning of what they are saying or are they only mimicking sounds?

asked Mar 13, 2013 in Bird Behavior by mamairis (6,910 points)

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Research has shown that certain parrot species such as the African Grey , do understand what they are saying and even use their wide vocabulary at appropriate times. But until more research can be conducted, most talking birds mimic the words and sounds they hear. I wonder if my cockateil knows what he's doing because when someone comes into the house, he always gives this big wolf whistle. They could be a lot smarter than we give them credit for.
answered Apr 11, 2013 by (36,420 points)