Why How Intelligent Are Birds and Parrots Will Make You Question Everything

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Recently Science magazine ran an article entitled “Parrots, songbirds pack more neurons into their forebrains than most mammals”.

Now some scientists are saying that birds are way more intelligent than we ever thought because they somehow counted the total number of forebrain neurons – with soup (we’ll get to that in a bit)!

The study, published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that 28 bird species have more neurons in their pallial telencephalons, the brain region responsible for higher level learning, than mammals with similar-sized brains.

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Help for an excessively screaming African grey parrot

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how can you stop screaming–excessive

Screaming is never excessive for a bird – they are merely communicating, it’s what they do. Before I can answer your question I need to know the species, age, sex, the diet and a picture of the cage set up if at all possible – thank you

Hi Mitch,

Bubba is a 30 yr, old CAG (congo african grey). dna’d male on basically harrisons with nutriberries and healthy people food,.. I don’t know how to take a pix of his cage. 2x2x4 feet – 5 perches – all different materials. at least 5 toys I try to keep changed.

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What kind of parrot should I get and how DO birds talk?

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What kind of parrot should I get based on this schedule?

I wake at about 5:30AM and get ready for school. At 7:25AM i head off for school. After at about 2:00PM I get back home for lunch and do what I want for 2 and a half hours. I then do homework for 2 hours and then dinner and 1 hour of anything.

Our answer

You are a candidate for a budgie,  The most misaligned and underrated pet bird.  Budgies can be excellent talkers and great companions.

Rather than starting with the Romantic notion of a large parrot you can get great experience from a bird that is actually one of the better talkers of the avian world.
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Parrotlet perch & diets, hanging (bat) budgie, conure life spans, grey diets & more

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I have recently purchased a new parakeet (Budgie)

As my beloved 7 yr old Sparky died. He is very young as the cere above his beak is just changing color from white to blue.

When I cover his cage at night he is on his top perch but when I get up in the morning Budgie is hanging upside down from the top of his cage. He has a perch high up but moves to the roof when I am sleeping. Any ideas?

Martie H

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How long should it take for a Cockatiel to grow back clipped wing feathers?

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How long should it take for a Cockatiel to grow back clipped wing feathers?

I have a 7 month old cockatiel, he’s super happy all the time and is “shedding” his down feathers constantly lately. The people we bought him from at about 2 to 3 months old were clipping his wings and he still hasn’t been able to fly properly. We keep him clean, happy, and healthy.

my answer

For the record we are proponents of keeping birds flighted. So if a person loses a bird because it is flighted and they walked outside with the bird on their shoulder un-tethered – they are a dumbass.
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The bird of time: cognition and the avian biological (circadian) clock

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Front Mol Neurosci. 2012; 5: 32.
Published online 2012 Mar 22. Prepublished online 2012 Feb 1. doi:  10.3389/fnmol.2012.00032
PMCID: PMC3309970The bird of time: cognition and the avian biological clock
 
abstract

Avian behavior and physiology are embedded in time at many levels of biological organization. Biological clock function in birds is critical for sleep/wake cycles, but may also regulate the acquisition of place memory, learning of song from tutors, social integration, and time-compensated navigation.

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