Birds of a Feather Talk Together
“No need to think you’re going bird-brained if you hear mysterious voices from the trees – it’s likely just a curious cockatoo wanting a chat.
Native parrots, especially cockatoos, seem to be learning the art of conversation from their previously domesticated friends.
The Australian Museum’s Search and Discover desk, which offers a free service to identify species, has received numerous reports of encounters with talkative birds in the wild from mystified citizens who thought they were hearing voices.
Martyn Robinson, a naturalist who works at the desk, explains that occasionally a pet cockatoo escapes or is let loose, and “if it manages to survive long enough to join a wild flock, [other birds] will learn from it.””