Little parrots learn to talk like children – study
People have known for thousands of years that parrots have incredible vocal abilities, but in all this time the babbling of small parrots has gone unnoticed.
During its recent A study by a team of scientists from the University of Texas of the Rio Grande Valley found that wild parrots can babble, writes Phys.org.
People have known for thousands of years that parrots have incredible vocal abilities. Not only do they communicate well, but they can also imitate other species, including humans. However, during all this time, the babble of little parrots went unnoticed. Researchers suggest that this is due to the fact that they live in hollow trees, where no one can hear them except their parents, as well as siblings.
The researchers discovered the babble almost by accident. They worked as part of a long-term field study with parrots at the Masaguara Biological Station in Venezuela. Since 1988, more than 10,000 parrots have been researched here. As part of the study, experts used PVC pipes to build nests for chicks and added tiny devices for audio and video recording.
Listening to the birds in their nests , scientists have found that little parrots tend to babble a lot, they squeaked, clicked and grumbled. And all this mostly when they were alone or when their siblings were sleeping.
According to experts, many of the sounds they made were random, while others were copied from their parents or others. animals in the area. They also found that babbling usually started when the chicks were 21 days old.