Parrot Intelligence

“The parrots are a broad order of more than 350 birds. Macaws, Amazons, lorikeets, lovebirds, cockatoos and many others are all considered parrots. Some birds can imitate many non-avian sounds, including human speech.

“The male African gray parrot (Psittacus erithacus) is the most accomplished user of human speech in the animal world; this rain forest-dweller is an uncanny mimic.”



When parrots do speak, they only imitate and mimic. No parrot has ever made a word sound until it has heard that word many times before. Talking parrots are considered to be intelligent. However, their intelligence is limited to what they have heard over and over again from others.

It is easy for people to fall into parrot behavior. Do you know any talking parrots?

Personal Note: Over the years, I have sought to avoid repeating things just because I have heard them so many times. Avoidance sounds easy but it is not. Often, that which I hear is coming from sources that I respect. Those sources sound intelligent and are making an attractive and compelling case. It is easy for me to trust and believe them. There are times when I want something to be true so badly that I yield to temptation and repeat it. By taking the carrot they have offered it is easy for me to be wrong.

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During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from and on all e-readers. See Follow Bill on Facebook at
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3 Responses to Parrot Intelligence

  1. allenrizzi says:

    Agreed – but I have to point out that “no human has ever made a word sound until it has heard that word many times before.” We all start our language skills by mimicking what we hear from our parents. The talking parrots on fake TV news simply repeat what they are given in their play books.

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    • Humans do learn language in the same manner. As humans mature they have the intelligence to string words together into long sentences and complex thoughts. Not all humans choose to make use of that gift and simply remain parrots.
      You are correct about broadcast and print media.


  2. Somewhat like the concept of the “Big Lie,” a method of false parroting espoused by Adolf Hitler in “Mein Kampf.” It’s getting hard to recognize the truth anymore, regardless from which side it comes.


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