View Full Version : 'Telepathic' parrot sparks rethink

tlr online
27-01-04, 01:03
A parrot with a 950-word vocabulary, a sense of humour and alleged telepathic powers is forcing a rethink of the scope for animals and humans to communicate. The six-year-old captive-bred African grey called N'kisi is one of the most advanced users of human language in the animal world. The bird uses words in context, with past, present and future verb tenses. And, like small children, it resorts to creativity to describe new ideas - for instance saying "flied" for flew and inventing the phrase "pretty smell medicine" to indicate the aromatherapy oils used by his owner, a New York-based artist.

He can also associate photographs with the real person or object - when he first met primatologist Dr Jane Goodall, after seeing her in a picture with apes, his greeting was: "Got a chimp?" He also displays dry humour. When another parrot hung upside down from its perch, he commented: "You got to put this bird on the camera." Dr Goodall judges N'kisi's eagerness to learn how to converse with his owner as an "outstanding example of interspecies communication," but new evidence suggests the parrot's skills may not stop with the verbal.

In an experiment witnessed on videotape by BBC Wildlife Magazine's contributor Eleanor O'Hanlon, N'kisi and his owner were put in separate rooms and filmed as the artist opened random envelopes containing picture cards. On analysis, the parrot had used appropriate keywords three times more often than might result by chance, even though the researchers discounted responses such as "What ya doing on the phone?" when a card was drawn showing a man with a telephone and "Can I give you a hug?" after a card of a couple embracing.

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27-01-04, 01:07
Oh, really? (http://www.tombraiderforums.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=9;t=008843) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/privateeye.gif

tlr online
27-01-04, 01:11
Guess I arrived late for the party.

27-01-04, 01:12
*gasp* tlr, quickly delete the other topic! you must remain to be the king of news :D

27-01-04, 01:15

So how did the hockey playing go?

tlr online
27-01-04, 01:20
Downgraded to training coz opponentís bus didn't make it. We win by default.

27-01-04, 01:36
Maybe you should let your cat at your gear more often. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif