Cornell University researchers have just revealed a most surprising bit of avian news that may show why Green-Rumped Parrotlets (Forpus passerinus) and their relatives are such good mimics. Field research has shown that parrots actually label each chick with unique vocal signature –essentially a name. The chicks and other parrots imitate these names, and use them when communicating with one another!
Why Mimic Speech?
Everything in nature has a purpose, and so ornithologists have long wondered why parrots have such extraordinary abilities to imitate speech, sounds and the calls of other birds…surely it cannot be just to entertain their owners! We now have evidence that mimicry is likely vital to parrot social structure and survival. Read More »