Felix the African Grey Parrot choosing foods to eat on a table.

Why Do Parrots Mimic So Many Sounds?

Why Do Parrots Mimic So Many Sounds?

Mimicked Sounds Mean More than Sound.

 *PING*

Echo location protocols begin at 8:11 am EST. 27.7518° N, 82.6267° W

*PING* *PING*

They tell us stories, their mood, and sometimes they are just in their submarine.

Echo location protocols pick up a weird neighbor at 8:32 am EST.

Commander Felix sounds the All-Stations Alarm.

*Laser Beams* *Fartsound*

*PING*

Weirdo Neighborling takes evasive action. Location lost. 8:41 am EST.

*PING* *PING* *PING* *PING* *PING*

Commander Felix, you can let it go. He went in the house.

*PING* *PING* *PING* *PING* *PING*
*PING* *PING* *PING* *PING* *PING*

Seriously. Commander Felix. He's gone. Eat your breakfast. It's located at 27.7518° N, 82.6267° W

*PING*

*PING* *PING* *PING* *PING* *PING*
*PING* *PING* *PING* *PING* *PING*

Echo location protocols pick up a weirdo squirrel at 8:53 am EST.

Commander Felix sounds the All-Stations Alarm.

*Laser Beams* *Fartsound* *microwave*

*PING*

Okay. So, this is how it's going to be today. Commander Felix in his submarine. Fine. How 'bout you eat your breakfast first and then take your yellow submarine of silly to the other window.

*PING*

Parrots choose the sounds they hear for two reasons.

  1. The object that makes the sound is used by you. Think Cellphones and Remotes.
  2. The sound or sounds cause you to react. Think alarms. Microwave beeps. Doorbells. Movies.

In either case, the sounds represent you and your attention. And that is what parrots want most. Always.

Kathy LaFollett is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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