Parrots love to mimic noises, from car alarms, the ringing phone to microwave beeps. That’s what makes them so amazing, as Tumblr user twerkin-bird writes:
“Birds are superior pets. They are the only pets that make rasberries back at you.”
So why do parrots mimic noise? In the article, “Why Do Parrots Talk? How Do Parrots Talk?,” author Rebecca Sweat writes:
“Pet birds learn to ‘speak human’ for three main reasons: to try to fit in with their human ‘flock,’ to communicate various types of messages and to seek attention from the people around them.
In the wild, parrots live in flocks, which provides them with a sense of security. They spend much of their waking hours calling out and talking to each other in ‘bird language’ to stay in contact with each other, to notify each other of food sources, to warn each other of predators, to locate lost flock members and to make sure everyone is accounted for at the end of the day. Hearing the vocalizations of fellow flock members is very reassuring to wild parrots.
In our homes, a pet bird sees her owner and other humans in the household as her flock. Because everyone else in the household is ‘speaking human,’ the pet bird will often imitate the language being spoken by the flock.
“The pet bird wants to be part of the flock and will talk like the other flock members to be accepted as part of the group,?[Avian veterinarian Gregory Burkett, DVM, of North Carolina] said.”
What sounds does your parrot like to mimic? Let us know in the comments.