Your Parrot May Already Have a Name

While studying green-rumped parrotlets in Venezuela, National Geographic grantee Karl Berg discovered an incredibly rare behavior—the adults appear to "name" their young. Berg’s long-term study of parrotlets is beginning to shed light on some important questions about parrot communication. With each new season, more is sure to be revealed.

"We recently discovered that parents use slight variations in their calls for different offspring. Baby birds appear to recognize specific calls designated for them.

"Parrots have been difficult to understand in the wild, but the study site has specially built nests which allow us to record video and audio of social interactions between siblings and parents. These green-rumped parrotlets (Forpus passerinus) have been studied intensively for the past quarter century,...

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Thank you Ruth! Enjoyed it



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