Bird chirps don't sound too much different from little whistles. Lo and behold, there is a whole world of specific communication happening with each of those peeps, particularly in terms of names. According to research, parrots likely name their chicks in a way that is very similar to humans. Turns out they're not all named Polly after all.
Hello, My Name Is Chirpington
Do parrots name their chicks just like we name our babies? It sure seems like it. Research suggests that parrot parents likely give unique names to their chicks that will stick with the young birds for life. The 2011 study published in The Royal Society showed something weirder still: scientists observed that the parrots identify themselves to others using what scientists have deemed "signature contact calls." In other words, parrots introduce themselves to other parrots by using their own name. Nice to meet you, indeed.
Not So Bird-Brained
Parrots have also been observed learning the names associated with their parents, brothers, and sisters. They've even been observed using the unique calls in conversations with other parrots. (Random thought: Are parrots gossiping about each other?!) Scientists have found that dolphins also give each other names in the form of specific clicks and whistles. What's unique about parrots, however, is the fact that they can use the names of other parrots, not just themselves or the parrot they're communicating with.
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