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I find it very interesting that wild parrots don't imitate non-parrot sounds. So why do  tame/domesticated parrots?  I doubt that they think their owners are parrots. And what about imitating ambulance sirens or alarm clocks?
On another note, I wonder about how they generate unique names.  Does it just emerge from the learning process, sort of philologically?  Is there a critical period on the imitative process that cuts off before perfect imitation?  The video mentions fathers caring for the nestlings - so how is it decided which parent the kids are named after or are their names a blend of the two?
Ahh, the hydra of science.
 
Parrots in the wild learn and use individual names for themselves as well as those of other parrots
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It's starting to get cloudy in Tendrillar Woods.
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i'm excited to see this thing on the playa.  :D
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An absolutely hilarious video about a woman being courted by anthropomorphized social networking sites.
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Painfully funny. Painfully, uh, on target?
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So true. My related pet peeve is when I'm trying to verify some claim and everything I find with google is transparently a copy of a weakly cited wikipedia article. On another note, this process is hardly new with wikipedia - dubious urban legends have been propagated and gained credibility when reported by careless, credulous or simply unfortunate journalists for centuries. Wikipedia and web/home publishing have merely accelerated the process by making the power of the press available to more people and to people with less training or experience fact-checking. And I don't think that this last is a bad thing on the whole - in fact, I'm hopeful that it plants the seeds for its own destruction and I believe there are signs that younger cohorts may have stronger critical thinking and message evaluation skills as a result of the increased prevalence of advertising and other changes in the information ecology.
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