African Gray Parrot is one of the most popular pets kept by many people at home in the modern days. This is because of the satisfaction and enjoyment they provide to people just like other popular pets such as dogs or cats. African Gray Parrots have various characteristics that make them be adored by many people at homes. One of the major quality of the parrot that makes them fit to be kept as a pet is its intelligence. It demonstrates high level of intelligence in most of its behaviors.
Ability to copy sounds and behaviors
The best known behavior that shows that the African Gray Parrots have high level intelligence is the ability they have to mimic human speech. The parrots have the ability to learn and copy human speech. They also have the capacity to imitate other sounds even those that humans cannot copy, for example, that of pouring water. They demonstrate this behavior in their day to day interactions with humans. The ability to imitate human reveal that the African gray parrot has well developed brain that allow it to have good memory of what they observe or hear from humans. Therefore, they have the capacity to learn through social learning process.
Another talent demonstrated by the parrots that reveal their intelligence is their reasoning capacity. A study conducted on the parrots showed that they have a cool intelligent reasoning similar to that of a child aged four years. The parrot has the capacity to work out the place where food is hidden by use of elimination and deduction skills like the one used by small children. The parrots have the ability to find the food even without being given clue of the location of the food.This is a behavior that only human and apes were thought to posses.
In another study to tested the reasoning ability of the parrots by shaking empty boxes and also other boxes full of food in order for the parrots to hear the rattling of the snacks. The parrots were allowed to figure out what the sound in one box meant. The parrots demonstrated the ability to figure out that there was food inside the box with sound and that lack of sound in the other box meant that there was no food. This showed that the African gray parrots have the ability to reason to make such kind of challenging decisions. It suggests that the parrots have a bit of understanding of causality and can use this ability to reason about their environment.
The intelligence possessed by the African gray parrots makes it possible for them to be trained on how to do something things. They have the capacity to learn how to trim their nail by being trained by the owners. The African gray parrots have the ability to learn through positive reinforcement just like humans. They learn a lot of things through step to step training. The parrots also learn to respect the owners and show dissatisfaction if they are irritated. Their capacity to communicate with the owners is as a result of their superior intelligence.