Einstein the African grey parrot turned 30-years-old on Tuesday. The zoo celebrated by showing off Einstein’s smarts and giving him treats. The parrot is able to imitate a variety of sounds, including other animals, ghosts, people and roller coasters.
Einstein the parrot does impressions you have to hear to believe! You’ll want to turn your sound on for this one.
Ok guys! Tell me if you’re still impressed when one lives near you and you hear them mimic cr*p all day long. I’m not impressed anymore LOL. Kidding aside you can’t help but love animals and birds when they do adorable things like this! God’s beautiful creation indeed!
Einstein the African grey parrot is a resident at Zoo Knoxville and is a part of an outreach program to educate the visitors about the natural world. She was donated to the zoo in 1992, this parrot has bags of talent. In exchange for frequent treats, she will impersonate a pirate, farting and other animals – she has a repertoire of over 200 sounds and words. It really has to be seen to be believed, as she is interviewed by the zoo’s head trainer, Adam Patterson.
Parrots are known for having better cognitive and vocal abilities than most other birds. Some of them even go as far as to develop their own vocabulary, like this African grey parrot. The word ‘birdbrained’ would perhaps require redefining if used in reference to this special parrot aptly-named Einstein. She loves to talk a lot and reply on cue. She also can imitate a wide range of sounds.
Read on to know more about Einstein’s vocal adventures.
Einstein shot to fame after her spectacular performance in a game show known as Pet Star on Animal Planet. When someone says “hi”, she would reply “Hey, sweetheart”, when asked if she thinks she is famous she would reply “Superstar” or when asked what she would say to a good-looking man then reply would be “Hey, baby,”. She can also mimic the sounds of a spaceship or water dripping from a faucet. Sometimes, she picks up sounds on her own even though they are not part of her training. Since sunflowers are her favorite seeds, when asked what she would do if she got peanuts, she would exclaim “Oh, my God, oh, my God, oh, my God!”
The African grey parrot is one of the most talented talking/ mimicking birds on the planet, giving it quite a reputation among bird enthusiasts. Not only do bird keepers love this intelligent bird, it’s one of the most recognizable species to bird novices as well – everyone knows the African grey parrot. This parrot is one of the oldest psitticine species kept by humans, with records of the bird dating back to Biblical times.
Understated beauty and a brainy no-nonsense attitude are what keep this parrot at the peak of popularity. They are complex parrots, highly sensitive, and more than a little demanding. They are also charming and brilliant, but this match of sensitivity and brains can lead to behavioral issues.
They are creatures of habit, and even a small change in routine can make a sensitive grey unhappy. They are prone to plucking and chewing their feathers, among other bad habits. Anecdotally, the TAG has a hardier attitude and may be better for households with a lot of people coming and going. The CAG prefers a little less chaos.
African greys are social parrots that need a lot of hands-on time, however, they aren’t “cuddlebugs.” They will tolerate some head scratching and a little bit of petting, but they do not appreciate intense physical contact, though some individuals don’t mind a little snuggling. Every bird has individual tastes and preferences. A grey can also become a “one person bird,” even if every member of the household socializes with it from the beginning.
Much of the grey’s appeal comes from its talking ability. It is among the best talkers in the parrot family, able to repeat words and phrases after hearing them just once or twice. This bird reaches full talking ability around a year of age, and most individuals become capable mimics much earlier.
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