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Tumblr Users Share Hilariously Unbelievable Encounters That Prove Parrots Have Sense Of Humor
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Tumblr Users Share Hilariously Unbelievable Encounters That Prove Parrots Have Sense Of Humor

Pet owners have all laughed at their pets at one point or another, but who has had their pet intentionally make them laugh? Well, one Tumblr thread, along with a 30-year-long research study, shows that there is one species that may be capable of demonstrating a sense of humor.

It was the late 1970’s when Dr. Irene Pepperberg began her study of African Grey Parrots. Her goal was to see if these birds, said to be the best of all their species at mimicry, were displaying an emotional intelligence past repeating learned phrases. The birds were proven to have the ability to develop and learn to a five-year-old human’s intellectual level. Through extensive work with her test subject ‘Alex’, she found he could not only mimic words but actively participate in conversations with his handlers. Alex’s abilities even developed to a point where he could understand how to emote language, using phrases such as “I’m sorry!” and “Calm down!” In Pepperberg’s 2008 memoir “Alex & Me” she talks about how the parrot displayed a sense of humor and would play pranks.

With a learning potential of up to about 2,000 words, the African Grey is definitely a one-of-a-kind bird. Alex was not unique in his capacity for humor, in the thread below you will see multiple stories of humorous encounters people have had with these notorious pranksters. (Cover image: Tracey R)

We all know that parrots have the ability to mimic words and sounds, but they are actually way more intelligent than you might think

Here are a few stories that prove they are not only capable of repeating words but know just how to use them too

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Magpie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Keeping parrots is not for amateurs. You need skills and knowledge: Check out >>A message from our executive director<< http://chloesanctuary.org/ Otherwise you might be committing cruelty without even knowing it.

Aunt Messy
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People should pay attention, and whoever downvoted you needs a smack on the head with a dead salmon. ALL birds are relatively fragile pets, but parrots are particularly demanding. I've known people who had them, and they're a terrific amount of work.

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Mother Mary Helen
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I lost it at the one with a Scottish accent

💖 Stacy Rae 💖
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same! It just kept getting better and better. I read it out to my hubby too and he also loved it.

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Lucida
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

African greys are extremly talented in mimicking sounds, words and voices. A friend of mine had an African grey and I couldn't tell the differnes between my friends voice and the bird. Many times I thought I was talking to my friend from another room but it was acctually the bird talking.

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Magpie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Keeping parrots is not for amateurs. You need skills and knowledge: Check out >>A message from our executive director<< http://chloesanctuary.org/ Otherwise you might be committing cruelty without even knowing it.

Aunt Messy
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People should pay attention, and whoever downvoted you needs a smack on the head with a dead salmon. ALL birds are relatively fragile pets, but parrots are particularly demanding. I've known people who had them, and they're a terrific amount of work.

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Mother Mary Helen
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I lost it at the one with a Scottish accent

💖 Stacy Rae 💖
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same! It just kept getting better and better. I read it out to my hubby too and he also loved it.

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Lucida
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

African greys are extremly talented in mimicking sounds, words and voices. A friend of mine had an African grey and I couldn't tell the differnes between my friends voice and the bird. Many times I thought I was talking to my friend from another room but it was acctually the bird talking.

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