Talking Parrot

In the video you will first hear my Congo African Grey say, "Cressi!" which is her name. She is mimicking a man's voice though, not mine. The loud whistling that follows is also her (she is the best whistler of the current flock). But then she stopped... because she and Bondi (the galah pacing on the bottom of the cage) saw me and my not so sneaky camera...  

They aren't quite comfortable talking in front of people yet, and especially not a camera and when they are... of course, I never have a camera handy to catch it. But it was pretty exciting that Cressi learned her second word (her first one she knew from the adoption place which was "hello" and she said it only once) and her second word is now her name "Cressi".  

She had Bondi's vocabulary down before she was a year old, but her first word actually learned from us and not from another bird was her name. And she picked it up from Dave's voice, not mine, which we all found interesting. She has a deeper voice than our other birds.

Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.

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