As pets, parrots mimic the sounds around them, including their human companions. But in the wild, they only make the sounds of their own species. Wild parrots address each other using “signature contact calls” much like using someone’s name to get their attention. Karl Berg asks the question, “How do parrots get their names?” The answer is that parrots learn their names while they’re in the nest. They hear their parents using each other’s names and begin calling themselves by names that sound similar, but not identical to those of their parents. Learn how watching baby parrots in their nests helps us unravel the mysteries of bird communication.

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