What Birds Can Talk Best?

There are a great many birds which can be taught to say a few words. But the real “talking birds” can be taught to say long sentences! The best talking birds are parrots, mynas, crows, ravens, jackdaws, and certain jays.

According to the experts the best bird talkers in the world are the African parrot and the mayna bird of India. Many people believe that the ability of a bird to “talk” depends on the structure of its tongue.

A parrot, for instance, has a large, thick tongue. But many other talking birds have small tongues! Splitting a bird’s tongue, which is done by some people to help it talk, actually has the opposite effect. Do birds understand what they are saying?

Most biologists believe birds do not understand the word they say, but they can sometimes from an association between certain expression and actions.  

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