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13th Mar '17 11:47:02 AM arkholt
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* Lewis from ''Webcomic/TheBirdFeeder'' has tried on occasion to speak to humans. However, in [[http://thebirdfeeder.com/comic/48 #48]], "Mimicry," he reveals that despite him merely asking politely for a bowl of food, the humans tend not to have very good reactions to him.
13th Feb '17 7:05:43 AM Larkmarn
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Possibly the most common type of IntellectualAnimal is a [[TalkingAnimal talking bird]], and you know you've seen it already. [[PirateParrot Parrots]], [[CleverCrows ravens]], [[IveHeardOfThatWhatIsIt mynah birds]] (Asian starlings, in a nutshell) and other birds who have a humanlike voice and personality are likely to be outright fully intelligent and articulate. Most common in settings where there is an element of the fantastic that can be used to HandWave the inaccuracy, but even fairly mundane, realistic stories sometimes do it. Someone who SpeaksFluentAnimal is not needed here (but may show up nonetheless).

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Possibly the most common type of IntellectualAnimal is a [[TalkingAnimal talking bird]], and you know you've seen it already. [[PirateParrot Parrots]], [[CleverCrows ravens]], [[IveHeardOfThatWhatIsIt mynah birds]] (Asian starlings, in a nutshell) and other birds who have a humanlike voice and personality capable of mimicking human speech are likely to be outright fully intelligent and articulate. Most common in settings where there is an element of the fantastic that can be used to HandWave the inaccuracy, but even fairly mundane, realistic stories sometimes do it. Someone who SpeaksFluentAnimal is not needed here (but may show up nonetheless).
13th Feb '17 12:10:38 AM dotheroar
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Possibly the most common type of IntellectualAnimal is a [[TalkingAnimal talking bird]], and you know you've seen it already. [[PirateParrot Parrots]], [[CleverCrows ravens]], [[IveHeardOfThatWhatIsIt mynah birds]] (Asian starlings, in a nutshell) and other birds capable of mimicking human speech are likely to be outright fully intelligent and articulate. Most common in settings where there is an element of the fantastic that can be used to HandWave the inaccuracy, but even fairly mundane, realistic stories sometimes do it. Someone who SpeaksFluentAnimal is not needed here (but may show up nonetheless).

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Possibly the most common type of IntellectualAnimal is a [[TalkingAnimal talking bird]], and you know you've seen it already. [[PirateParrot Parrots]], [[CleverCrows ravens]], [[IveHeardOfThatWhatIsIt mynah birds]] (Asian starlings, in a nutshell) and other birds capable of mimicking human speech who have a humanlike voice and personality are likely to be outright fully intelligent and articulate. Most common in settings where there is an element of the fantastic that can be used to HandWave the inaccuracy, but even fairly mundane, realistic stories sometimes do it. Someone who SpeaksFluentAnimal is not needed here (but may show up nonetheless).
6th Feb '17 6:27:37 AM Gemfyre
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** Great Bowerbirds also mimic sounds they hear - from wheelie bins being dragged over gravel to dogs barking to mumbled/distant human conversation - but no coherent speech.
5th Feb '17 7:27:15 AM Jubileus57
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* In ''[[VideoGame/StreetpassMiiPlaza Mii Trek]]'', your guide, Sir Henry Beaksley, is a talking toucan.
2nd Feb '17 12:56:57 AM Luppercus
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* Beatrice the bluebird is a talking bird companion in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'', of course this is [[spoiler:because she was OnceHuman.]]

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* Beatrice the bluebird is a talking bird companion in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'', of course this is [[spoiler:because she was OnceHuman.[[WasOnceAMan Once Human]].]]
2nd Feb '17 12:55:48 AM Luppercus
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* Beatrice the bluebird is a talking bird companion in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'', of course this is [[spoiler:because she was OnceHuman.]]
29th Jan '17 2:08:57 AM Luppercus
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* ''Series/TheMunsters'' have a talking Crow voiced by MelBlank no less.

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* ''Series/TheMunsters'' have a talking Crow voiced by MelBlank MelBlanc no less.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'''s villain witch Chlorydris has a talking toucan as sidekick.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'''s ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''' villain witch Chlorydris has a talking toucan as sidekick.
29th Jan '17 2:07:18 AM Luppercus
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Condorito}}'' Matías the Parrot can talk. As the comic book is basically the re-telling of all kinds of traditional Latin American jokes, Matias appears mostly in parrot-related jokes. This is also a case of FurryConfusion as his owner Condorito is an anthropomorphic condor.


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* ''Series/TheMunsters'' have a talking Crow voiced by MelBlank no less.


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* One of the members of ''WesternAnimation/LosTrotaMusicos'' is a rooster.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'''s villain witch Chlorydris has a talking toucan as sidekick.
* Arty the toucan in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' also can talk in a world were all non-magical animals (you know, aside from the eponymous gummi bears) are normal and can't talk.
9th Jan '17 4:51:47 AM TitaniumDragon
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* There are [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSXSOEiv3N0 humanoid parrots in real life]].
* An African Gray Parrot by the name of "Alex" was intelligent enough to not only have a vocabulary of 150 words, but also a basic understanding of them (he was at least capable of counting a few items and announcing their number). He was reported to have the IQ equivalent to that of a five-year old human child.
** Also, it's estimated that Parrots are the most intelligent members of the bird family. Therefore, while it will take a looooong time to train them (they have the attention span of a human toddler), one with enough patience CAN eventually teach a parrot to learn to understand basic conversations.
*** Or you could just teach them [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STLZsAwxp_c to play Xbox]].
*** Not most. Crows and magpies are smarter. They just have no means to learn human vocabulary.
*** Though the debate of "smarter" can't reasonably be tested and proven, a number of captive corvids have been recorded repeating human speech and sound effects. They just don't take to it as readily as parrots.

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* There are [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSXSOEiv3N0 humanoid talking parrots in real life]].
life]], though they're incapable of true language use.
* An African Gray Parrot by the name of "Alex" was intelligent enough to not only have a vocabulary of 150 words, but also a basic understanding of them (he them. He was at least capable of counting a few items and announcing their number). He number (including saying "none" if no item matched the color or shape he was reported asked to have the IQ equivalent to that of count), and apparently coined a five-year old human child.
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** Also, it's estimated that Parrots and corvids (crows, ravens, magpies, and similar) are the most highly intelligent members of the bird family. Therefore, while it will take a looooong time to train them (they have the attention span of a human toddler), one with enough patience CAN eventually teach a parrot to learn to understand basic conversations.
*** Or you could just teach them [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STLZsAwxp_c to play Xbox]].
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for animals and magpies many species are smarter. They just have no means to learn human vocabulary.
*** Though the debate
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*** Not just moody, but sometimes actively unhelpful. While they may have the intelligence of a five year old, they have the emotional maturity of a two year old. So sometimes you'll get a right answer, sometimes no answer, and sometimes a deliberately incorrect answer, [[{{Troll}} because it's more fun to watch you get frustrated than it is to get a reward]].

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*** Not just moody, but sometimes actively unhelpful. While they may have the intelligence of a five year old, they have He was described as having the emotional maturity of a two year old.toddler. So sometimes you'll get a right answer, sometimes no answer, and sometimes a deliberately incorrect answer, [[{{Troll}} because it's more fun to watch you get frustrated than it is to get a reward]].
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