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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
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Birds can mimic humans because they form intense bonds with the other birds in their flock and can imitate their calls.

Parrots don't like imitating other parrots though. Take a parrot to a parrot gathering and rather than imitate each other, they will be busy imitating the other noises around them. It's funny to see a parrot barking like a dog to another parrot.


But you’re talking about domesticated parrots who have been forced to bond with humans, and dogs. In the wild, I am quite certain that parrots in a flock imitate each other.

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Originally Posted by LarryK
Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Originally Posted by LarryK
Birds can mimic humans because they form intense bonds with the other birds in their flock and can imitate their calls.

Parrots don't like imitating other parrots though. Take a parrot to a parrot gathering and rather than imitate each other, they will be busy imitating the other noises around them. It's funny to see a parrot barking like a dog to another parrot.


But you’re talking about domesticated parrots who have been forced to bond with humans, and dogs. In the wild, I am quite certain that parrots in a flock imitate each other.

These days, the only reasonable way to raise a parrot is from an egg. Otherwise, the parrot is likely to be a victim of parrot-trafficking, after having been ripped from their home. Presumably, that's what your cousin does/did.


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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
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Originally Posted by LarryK
Birds can mimic humans because they form intense bonds with the other birds in their flock and can imitate their calls.

Parrots don't like imitating other parrots though. Take a parrot to a parrot gathering and rather than imitate each other, they will be busy imitating the other noises around them. It's funny to see a parrot barking like a dog to another parrot.


But you’re talking about domesticated parrots who have been forced to bond with humans, and dogs. In the wild, I am quite certain that parrots in a flock imitate each other.

These days, the only reasonable way to raise a parrot is from an egg. Otherwise, the parrot is likely to be a victim of parrot-trafficking, after having been ripped from their home. Presumably, that's what your cousin does/did.


I’m sure. We’re not particularly close. She’s down in Florida and I haven’t seen her in years. My mom tells me what is going on with her side of the family. She told me one story about how my other cousin visited and brought a dog. The bird was so freaked by the dog that it spontaneously lost all of its feathers and subsequently died. I think birds are sensitive creatures.

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She told me one story about how my other cousin visited and brought a dog. The bird was so freaked by the dog that it spontaneously lost all of its feathers and subsequently died. I think birds are sensitive creatures.

Yes, they are. Not saying it's not possible for birds to be scared into relaxing their follicles and have their feathers spontaneously fall out, but rather common for parrots is for them to be stressed and then pull their own feathers out with their beak. I suppose it is similar to people who chew their fingernails bloody from anxiety. Plucked chicken was that way. Parrots can live 60 years. That's a long time to be anxious.


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