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Birds that escape from captivity teach wild birds how to speak (and swear) in English

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Sep 27, 2017 01:04 AM
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by (Amanda Froelich) last modified Sep 26, 2017

In certain regions in Australia, if you listen hard enough, you may hear a variety of nonsensical conversations in the treetops. The voices don’t belong to a mysterious, hidden tribe, however. Rather, they are from escaped pet birds, namely parrots and cockatoos. The birds are excellent at mimicking and, as a result, can’t help but teach their wild counterparts a bit of the English language they picked up while in captivity. According to Jaynia Sladek, an ornithologist from the Australian...





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