posted on Mar, 27 2006 @ 10:08 PM
Originally posted by dgtempe
Well, this is very interesting. I beleive this is the same person who has been on Coast to Coast, and talks to parakeets. He's had their recordings
on and they are eerie.
From what I read on the parrotresearch site linked above, you have to teach the budgie to talk. The site seems to suggest saying a phrase to your
budgie over and over. Eventually, the budgie will learn the context. The site says most budgies do not speak. Some that are especially alert seem
to be better choices for teaching language to.
I tried to join the parrotresearch site so I could download the clips, but they've yet to give me my password. Strange that a password is needed to
download bird-audio. If I get a budgie and record his speech, I'll surely make it publically available!
Originally posted by siriuslyone
Fascinating topic.They all know they are safe here.
Thanks for replying, siriuslyone. I enjoyed your imagery there. I love owls, and have never understood the connection with death or bad omens.
Also, I have heard of people training crows and ravens to perform tasks or to gather information. I wonder if this sort of thing is hard to do? I
guess if it's reward or food-based pretty much any being can be trained to do some things, but I'm thinking more of complex, goal driven tasks. I
wonder how smart the smartest crow was?
Originally posted by Kacen
Did they learn the bird's own language? If so, how? I don't get it.
As described above, I guess they teach them english words, and then the bird grasps the context. Like, I will have my budgie on my finger and I will
tap on the keys of the piano and say, "Peeps plays piano" or something like that, and then the bird would grasp the structure of the words and
realize that "peeps" is me, the human, and "piano" is the music it hears.
But then, if the owner of the bird teaches the bird the words it uses to communicate, then doesn't the owner determine what words the bird knows, and
therefore the sentences the bird says? Like, maybe the budgie just learns to mimic like a parrot does?
Anyway, when I get a link to something we can listen to, I'll post it here.