Intelligent Birds

Just goes to show how intelligent these feathered friends of ours are!

Here we have an indian ringneck parrot performing some cool tricks-

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Here we have an african grey bird talking up a storm -

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9 responses to “Intelligent Birds”

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  1. Matt says:

    Birds are so fun to watch. I’m actually looking to add some bird articles to my blog. If you’re interested in writing something, let me know and I’ll give you a link back to your blog.

  2. hayleigh says:

    hi my husband just brought me a rainbow lorikeet parrot and shes about 5 months old we are having trouble taming and training her though every time we go near her cage she freaks out and just keeps screaming at us. We would love for her to be friendly and interact with us have you got any solutions that might help us?

  3. N. Pearson says:


    You sent these youtube videos to your mailing list, claiming this is evidence of “intelligence”. These are simple (albeit well-done) classical conditioning and do not show any signs of true intelligence, this is stimulus-response and rehersed. Tricks aren’t the same as being intelligent. These birds are not demonstrating the same responses that you see from birds that are trained in cognitive speech like Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s birds. That grey, for example, does not realize what a “pig” is when she is making those sounds (it’s unlikely she has any understanding of what any of the vocalizations mean to humans) and there is very little actual intelligence going on here at all.

    I actually think its a bit of a shame that people knowingly do this, these birds evolved the ability to make specific vocalizations in order to communicate with their flock, but it misleads people in two sepearte paths: some people do actually mistake circus tricks for intelligence, while some people do see this for what it is, pure mimcry. Unfortumately with the 2nd group, they tend to also overgenerize to the point that they believe that all talking birds are purley mimicing sounds with no comprehension of meanings associated.

    Both of those videos have been on youtube for ages, I don’t think this was worthy of a group email.

  4. patricia says:

    I loved the vidios and how clever the birds were. I have a sun conure about 27 weeks old and am trying to teachit to talk. How long will it take. ALSO HE LOVES TO BE PETTED ON TOP OF CAGE BUT HATES STEPPING ONTO HAND. I coaxe him out with a treat and he steps up on ladder will he eventually climb onto hands .Thankyou. PATRICIA

  5. Home says:

    perhaps try to not let him sit on top of his cage all of the time…..maybe that will help

  6. Jadaco Kahn says:

    Pearson, quit trolling and have a little fun

  7. Frank says:

    Kool clip…I liked it, I just Bought a grey indian ringneck parrot, 10 weeks old. Only had him a few weeks, great birds.

  8. chelsea says:

    Jadaco, I agree…have some fun!!! this was too cute! thanks for the clips!

  9. Russell and Penny says:

    You can call it training or conditioning if you are a sceptic, but i have no doubts at all about the intelligence of birds, and particularly of parrots. Case in point the New Zealand Kea, tipped as the smartest bird in the world. Gopogle these blokes and you will see how really clever and intelligent they are.
    I have a rainbow lorikeet and a cockatoo as pets. The lorikeet has learned (not through any coaching or conditioning by me) to associate words with objects or people. This was a wild bird we found – as a very youngster he had fallen from the nest. he has survived and is now about 3 years old. Examples of his reasoning are – he hears the dog bark or sees the dog and automatically calls out the dog’s name; he sees our friend arrive for a visit – and calls his name. This was not taught to him at all – he has picked this up by himself. He can ask for different food items by name for example will ask for “apple”. If he gets apple he is happy, if you give hims something not apple he yells “No, not good”. Again this has not been taught to him.
    If these examples don’t show reasoning and intelligence i don’t know what does. There are many others I could give also. A very clever little bird. His name is Sam by the way.