“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.