Parrots facing disciplinary measures as they’re put in timeout for their colorful choice of words!
Five African grey parrots, named Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade, and Elsie, were recently separated due to their tendency to influence one another in using profane language with visitors at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Center in the U.K.
“We are quite used to parrots swearing, but we’ve never had five at the same time, and for some reason these five relish it,” says Steve Nichols, the zoo’s chief executive.
The profanity-spewing parrots provided considerable amusement for most visitors. As one observer put it, “When a parrot tells you to ‘f— off,’ it amuses people very highly, it’s brought a big smile to a really hard year”.
However, keeping the welfare of children in mind, the zoo made the decision to house the parrots separately. At least until their behavior improves.
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African grey parrots are renowned for their remarkable ability to mimic and copy human speech and sounds. This behavior is rooted in their natural instincts and cognitive abilities.
African grey parrots are highly social birds in the wild, and they use vocalizations to communicate within their flock. When they are raised in a human environment, they often see humans as their flock members. Therefore they attempt to interact with them using vocalizations. Copying human speech may be their way of trying to communicate and bond with their human caregivers.
Additionally, parrots, including African greys, are exceptional imitators. They learn by listening to the sounds in their environment and mimicking them. When they hear human speech or other sounds frequently, they may naturally start imitating those sounds as part of their learning process.
It’s important to note that while African grey parrots can mimic human speech, their understanding of the words they repeat may be limited. They may associate certain words or phrases with specific actions or events but may not comprehend their full meaning.
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In the entertaining saga of the swearing parrots, we see a remarkable blend of amusement and responsibility. The mischievous parrots, led by their ringleaders Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade, and Elsie, undoubtedly brought laughter and joy to many visitors. Offering a moment of respite during challenging times. However, recognizing the need to create a safe and suitable environment for all, especially children, the zoo took the responsible step of separating these talkative birds.
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