African Gray Parrot intelligence

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.

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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.

Reasoning ability

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.

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African Grey Parrot – talking

Training

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.

6 thoughts on “African Gray Parrot intelligence

  1. Adam Johnson

    I have read this article referring to the intelligence of this African Grey Parrot and I have a few concerns…
    -Concern # 1: How can a human convince another human of an apparent “intelligence” possessed by an animal of any kind, when the human attempting to convince the other of this apparent “intelligence” cannot spell nor place commonly used words in their correct position in a statement?

    -Concern # 2: This article states that these animals are “one of the most popular pets.” More common pets include animals such as dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, mice, guinea pigs, fish, and reptiles. As the above statement has made apparent, there are many pets who’s species are more popular to possess than that of a parrot…

    -Concern # 3: The pictures on this website are used elsewhere.

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    1. jorge herman

      We are offering handraised Parrots species from weaned Aviary at affordable prices and 100% candle tested fertile eggs for hatching healthy chicks. We are selling to persons interested in breeding and hand rearing up their own birds from egg stage. We assist clients with successfully articles & techniques. Our Available Parrots we raise are as follows:
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  2. Adam Johnson

    I own two african greys and worked with them for years.
    This article is one of the best I have read regarding greys and their intelligence.
    When someone looks to own a parrot, the african grey is one of the most popular to own because of how much they are like children. Because they can talk so well they fill your home with much joy specially if your children are grown and out of the house or if you choose to not have children.
    African greys make wonderful pets. If you are looking for a parrot the grey is the way to go.
    This article was written to give people information on the african grey parrot and that’s exactly what it did.

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  3. jorge herman

    We are offering handraised Parrots species from weaned Aviary at affordable prices and 100% candle tested fertile eggs for hatching healthy chicks. We are selling to persons interested in breeding and hand rearing up their own birds from egg stage. We assist clients with successfully articles & techniques. Our Available Parrots we raise are as follows:
    Hyacinth Macaw,Scarlet Macaw,Green Winged Macaw,B & G Macaw, Sollomons Island Eclectus, Congo African Grey, Timneh Grey, Umbrella Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Goffin Cockatoo, Gallah Cockatoo, Blue and Gold Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Greenwing Macaw, Dyh Amazon,YN Amazon Toco Toucan, Cockatiel, sun conures,jenday conures.We also have candle tested fertile eggs for the above species,we also offer deliveries. Please Email(jorgebirdshome@gmail.com). We incubate eggs during shipment at standard temperatures, will replace eggs in case of any adverse situations during delivery. Please contact us through Email (jorgebirdshome@gmail.com) for more info

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  4. Jan

    I adopted a 28yr old African grey his previous owners wr old and not in great health however they had him 27 yrs both died I adopted him but worked part time after ten months I cud tell he was lonely so gave him back I am so hurt will he forget me and move on or will he be upset and hurt again

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