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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.
{{Portmanteau}} - calling an apple a banerry (banana + cherry).
** 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]].
*** Not most. Crows
for animals and magpies many species are smarter. They just have no means to learn human vocabulary.
*** Though the debate
capable of "smarter" can't reasonably be tested both mimicry 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.are fairly adept at solving problems.



*** 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]].
8th Dec '16 8:47:11 PM Angeldeb82
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* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' naturally has talking bird {{Mons}}; Piyomon, Hawkmon, and Falcomon have been used as partners.

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* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' naturally has talking bird {{Mons}}; {{Mon}}s; Piyomon, Hawkmon, and Falcomon have been used as partners.



* Mr. Puffin, a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin puffin]] that serves as the [[ABoyAndHisX constant companion]] of Iceland in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', has a rough attitude and speaking pattern despite his cute looks. It's especially evident in his attempts at hijacking Iceland's character song. Amusingly, Iceland orders him to remain silent when in the company of other people, as Iceland thinks it would make him [[IJustWantToBeNormal look strange to others if he was seen talking to a bird.]]

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* Mr. Puffin, a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin puffin]] that serves as the [[ABoyAndHisX constant companion]] of Iceland in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', has a rough attitude and speaking pattern despite his cute looks. It's especially evident in his attempts at hijacking Iceland's character song. Amusingly, Iceland orders him to remain silent when in the company of other people, as Iceland thinks it would make him [[IJustWantToBeNormal look strange to others if he was seen talking to a bird.]]bird]].



* Literature/{{Discworld}} has two: Quoth, the raven ([[IncrediblyLamePun har dee har har]]), and the parrot in ''Discworld/{{Eric}}''. Both have limited wossnames... vocabularies, especially the parrot. Which led to the splendid line (from the parrot) "Wossname wossname wossname wossname wossname!"

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* Literature/{{Discworld}} has two: Quoth, the raven ([[IncrediblyLamePun ([[JustForPun har dee har har]]), and the parrot in ''Discworld/{{Eric}}''. Both have limited wossnames... vocabularies, especially the parrot. Which led to the splendid line (from the parrot) "Wossname wossname wossname wossname wossname!"



* Kehaar from ''WatershipDown'', except that he's speaking animal language, not English.

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* Kehaar from ''WatershipDown'', ''Literature/WatershipDown'', except that he's speaking animal language, not English.



* Ravens in ''Literature/AmericanGods'' are fully articulate and intelligent, which is hardly surprising, them being Odin's companions and whatnot. Shadows asks one to quoth "Nevermore". [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore The raven is not amused]].

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* Ravens in ''Literature/AmericanGods'' are fully articulate and intelligent, which is hardly surprising, them being Odin's companions and whatnot. Shadows asks one to quoth "Nevermore". [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore The raven is not amused]].amused.]]



* Peach (which is short for Machu Picchu, but the full name is rarely used) in the ''YoungWizards'' series, although this one may be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the fact that exposure to wizardry has said to have altered all of Tom and Carl's pets, not to mention that [[spoiler:she's one of the PowersThatBe in disguise]].

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* Peach (which is short for Machu Picchu, but the full name is rarely used) in the ''YoungWizards'' series, although this one may be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] {{justified|Trope}} by the fact that exposure to wizardry has said to have altered all of Tom and Carl's pets, not to mention that [[spoiler:she's one of the PowersThatBe in disguise]].



* Justified in Creator/MichaelCrichton's last novel, ''{{Literature/Next}},'' which features a [[UpliftedAnimal genetically uplifted parrot.]] Unfortunately, he seems to be [[SurroundedByIdiots surrounded by humans too stupid to recognize how intelligent he is.]]

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* Justified in Creator/MichaelCrichton's last novel, ''{{Literature/Next}},'' ''{{Literature/Next}}'', which features a [[UpliftedAnimal genetically uplifted parrot.]] parrot]]. Unfortunately, he seems to be [[SurroundedByIdiots surrounded by humans too stupid to recognize how intelligent he is.]]is]].



* The Enchanted Tiki Room at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]] and the Tropical Serenade (and later the [[ExecutiveMeddling Enchanted Tiki Room]] [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks (Under New Management)]]) at Walt Disney World feature singing animatronic birds with distinct personalities, all fluent in English.

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* The Enchanted Tiki Room at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]] Ride/{{Disney|ThemeParks}}land and the Tropical Serenade (and later the [[ExecutiveMeddling Enchanted Tiki Room]] [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks (Under New Management)]]) at Walt Disney World feature singing animatronic birds with distinct personalities, all fluent in English.



* {{Infocom}}'s ''VideoGame/{{Sorcerer}}'' has Belbozz's talking parrot, who provides a crucial clue to getting out of the Hall of Enchanters at the beginning of the game.

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* {{Infocom}}'s ''VideoGame/{{Sorcerer}}'' Creator/{{Infocom}}'s ''[[VideoGame/{{Enchanter}} Sorcerer]]'' has Belbozz's Belboz's talking parrot, Pollibar, who provides a crucial clue to getting out of the Hall of Enchanters at the beginning of the game.



* Douglas Adams' computer game ''StarshipTitanic'' featured a very screechy parrot voiced by former [[Creator/MontyPython Python]] Terry Jones. Who loved [[CarnivoreConfusion eating chicken]].

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* Douglas Adams' computer game ''StarshipTitanic'' ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic'' featured a very screechy parrot voiced by former [[Creator/MontyPython Python]] Terry Jones. Who loved [[CarnivoreConfusion eating chicken]].



* [[EmbarrassingFirstName Pecker]] the [[MixAndMatchCritters monkaw]] from the ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' series.

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* [[EmbarrassingFirstName Pecker]] the [[MixAndMatchCritters monkaw]] {{m|ixAndMatchCritters}}onkaw from the ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' series.



* ''TheFlintstones TheMovie'''s dictabird.

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* ''TheFlintstones ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones TheMovie'''s dictabird.



* There are [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSXSOEiv3N0 humanoid parrots in real life.]]

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* There are [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSXSOEiv3N0 humanoid parrots in real life.]]life]].



*** Or you could just teach them [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STLZsAwxp_c to play Xbox.]]

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*** Or you could just teach them [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STLZsAwxp_c to play Xbox.]]Xbox]].



*** There is a parrot and a crow at the Pittsburgh Avian Conservatory. The parrot cannot say anything, but the crow learned, because everybody was busy trying to teach the parrot and he [[TheUnfavorite wanted the attention.]]

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*** There is a parrot and a crow at the Pittsburgh Avian Conservatory. The parrot cannot say anything, but the crow learned, because everybody was busy trying to teach the parrot and he [[TheUnfavorite [[TheUnfavourite wanted the attention.]]attention]].



*** 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 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.]]reward]].



* Parrots are one of the few animal species capable of recognizing rhythms and [[http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0617/p18s01-hfgn.html dancing to them.]]

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* Parrots are one of the few animal species capable of recognizing rhythms and [[http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0617/p18s01-hfgn.html dancing to them.]]them]].
19th Nov '16 10:15:20 PM ILikeRobots
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* Mr. Puffin, a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin puffin]] that serves as the [[ABoyAndHisX constant companion]] of Iceland in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', has a rough attitude and speaking pattern despite his cute looks. It's specially evident in his attempts at hijacking Iceland's character song. Amusingly, Iceland orders him to remain silent when in the company of other people, as Iceland thinks it would make him [[IJustWantToBeNormal look strange to others if he was seen talking to a bird.]]

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* Mr. Puffin, a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin puffin]] that serves as the [[ABoyAndHisX constant companion]] of Iceland in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', has a rough attitude and speaking pattern despite his cute looks. It's specially especially evident in his attempts at hijacking Iceland's character song. Amusingly, Iceland orders him to remain silent when in the company of other people, as Iceland thinks it would make him [[IJustWantToBeNormal look strange to others if he was seen talking to a bird.]]
19th Nov '16 8:53:11 PM ILikeRobots
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* Mr. Puffin, a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin puffin]] that serves as the [[ABoyAndHisX constant companion]] of Iceland in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', has a rough attitude and speaking pattern despite his cute looks. It's specially evident in his attempts at hijacking Iceland's character song. Amusingly, Iceland orders him to remain silent when in the company of other people, as Iceland thinks it would make him [[IJustWantToBeNormal look strange to others if he was seen talking to a bird.]]
24th Oct '16 6:07:45 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''GarrettPI'' series, the Goddamn Parrot, aka "Mr. Big", is given to Garrett by a friend as a joke. Operating under its own power, it's incredibly foul-mouthed, and prone to saying things he fears will get him lynched ("Help! Rape! Please, mister, don't make me do that again!"). When operating under the psychic control of the Dead Man, it becomes a mouthpiece and perpetual nag for Garrett's partner.

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* In the ''GarrettPI'' ''Literature/GarrettPI'' series, the Goddamn Parrot, aka "Mr. Big", is given to Garrett by a friend as a joke. Operating under its own power, it's incredibly foul-mouthed, and prone to saying things he fears will get him lynched ("Help! Rape! Please, mister, don't make me do that again!"). When operating under the psychic control of the Dead Man, it becomes a mouthpiece and perpetual nag for Garrett's partner.
23rd Oct '16 4:25:33 AM CaptainTedium
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/WildWestCowboysOfMooMesa'' episode "Cow Pirates of Swampy Cove", Cowlorado Kid successfully interrogates Longhorn Silver's parrot about the whereabouts of Longhorn Silver and his crew.
8th Oct '16 3:39:51 AM erforce
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** It eventually learned a phrase that the crew understood perfectly: [[spoiler: "Don't Eat Me!" as the cannibals apprehended the crew.]]
* ''Film/HomeAlone 3''. One of the few bearable things in the movie.

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** It eventually learned a phrase that the crew understood perfectly: perfectly in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest Dead Man's Chest]]'': [[spoiler: "Don't Eat Me!" as the cannibals apprehended the crew.them.]]
* ''Film/HomeAlone 3''. One of the few bearable things in the movie.%%* ''Film/HomeAlone3''
27th Jul '16 3:46:52 PM margdean56
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*** There is a parrot and a crow at the Pittsburgh Avain Conservatory. The parrot cannot say anything, but the crow learned, because everybody was busy trying to teach the parrot and he [[TheUnfavorite wanted the attention.]]

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*** There is a parrot and a crow at the Pittsburgh Avain Avian Conservatory. The parrot cannot say anything, but the crow learned, because everybody was busy trying to teach the parrot and he [[TheUnfavorite wanted the attention.]]
27th Jul '16 3:41:07 PM margdean56
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* ''ComicBook/{{Jommeke}}: Jommeke's pet parrot Flip is able to communicate articulate sentences and conversations with everybody. All other parrots in this comic strip share the same gift.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}: Beo, Meneer Pheip's beo is also able to talk with people, hold speeches and being cleverer than the average bird of his species. At one point he meets a female beo in the Indian jungle, who is just a normal bird who can only squawk.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Jommeke}}: ''ComicBook/{{Jommeke}}'': Jommeke's pet parrot Flip is able to communicate in articulate sentences and conversations converses with everybody. All other parrots in this comic strip share the same gift.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}: ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}'': Beo, Meneer Pheip's beo beo, is also able to talk with people, hold speeches make speeches, and being is cleverer than the average bird of his species. At one point he meets a female beo in the Indian jungle, who is just a normal bird who can only squawk.
10th Jun '16 7:29:06 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''SamuraiJack'' episode "Jack and the Farting Dragon" (seriously), the secretive Scissorsmith's attempts to keep Jack from discovering the dragon's location (because he didn't want a customer to leave without buying anything) are foiled by his... wife, who was turned into a talking crow by a wizard the Scissorsmith had angered.

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* In the ''SamuraiJack'' ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Jack and the Farting Dragon" (seriously), the secretive Scissorsmith's attempts to keep Jack from discovering the dragon's location (because he didn't want a customer to leave without buying anything) are foiled by his... wife, who was turned into a talking crow by a wizard the Scissorsmith had angered.
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