->''"I'll have a starling shall be taught to speak\\
Nothing but 'Mortimer,' and give it him"''
-->-- '''Hotspur''', ''Theatre/HenryIV''

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]] 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).

Be careful if you're talking about something you want to keep a secret -- NotInFrontOfTheParrot!
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sh7uk6wZ11I Windex]] has a commercial that features two naughty talking crows that trick a guy by closing his glass door.
* Inverted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1llwKYjunw one]] of {{ESPN}}'s Winter X Games XV commercials of 2011, in which two snow owls are "talking" with subtitles.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The IdiotCrows trope, seen in too many animes to count.
* Hippo in ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is a talking penguin. Fuku-chan might also count, but he never speaks in bird form, so we don't know whether he ''can't'' or whether he's just shutting up while undercover.
* Averted, oddly, in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', with the parrot Pokémon Chatot. It's known for repeating human speech, all Pokémon are supposedly sentient, with a large number (The humanoid and psychics in particular) appearing sapient, and a ''cat'' Pokemon learned human language and speaks it fluently. But every time a Chatot is featured it just mimics human words without understanding them like a real-life parrot. GoFigure.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' naturally has talking bird {{Mons}}; Piyomon, Hawkmon, and Falcomon have been used as partners.
* Aversion: ''Anime/PrincessTutu'''s Ahiru/Duck is about the only sentient animal in the series that doesn't talk unless transformed into a human girl.
* The second season of ''YesPrettyCure5'' has Syrup, at least in mascot and "birdplane" form.
* The crows Oboe and Ocarina, Hamel and Sizer's companions (respectively) in ''ViolinistOfHameln''. Justified in that they [[spoiler:were originally winged humanoids cursed to turn into crows]].
* In ''IdatenJump'', Hosuke the owl. [[spoiler: He's actually [[ShapeshifterModeLock a human old man]] trapped in an owl's form.]]
* Inko-chan from ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}''. Despite being utterly incapable of saying its own name, it seems to always be saying the right thing (or at least, things that are appropriate for the situation) at the right time. Even more pronounced in the novels, where it's even capable of breaking out in cold sweats in respond to a threat from Taiga.
* Dera Mochimazzui in ''Anime/TamakoMarket'', who talks and and is sentient enough to know what he is talking about. He's on a mission to find a bride for the prince of an island nation, and the female protagonist made an AccidentalProposal with the bird.
* [[CasanovaWannabe Kir]] from ''KingOfBanditJing''.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Matthew the talking raven and his predecessors in ''ComicBook/TheSandman''.
* CarlBarks had two parrot characters, [[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Ducks/Barks/1942/pirategold/Thumbnails.html Yellow Beak]], and [[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Ducks/Barks/1946/singapore/Thumbnails.html Joe from Singapore]]. Both are fully intelligent, but neither are very anthropomorphic (especially compared to the Parrot character José Carioca). Magica DeSpell's raven was similar.
* The ''NationalLampoon'' had a long-running comic strip "Chicken Gutz" by Randall Enos. The eponymous ButtMonkey character had a bird perched on top of his hat, who provided constant snarky commentary on the proceedings.
* Mr. Eleven from ''Comicbook/GhostRider'', a talking crow that leads people to make deals with the devil.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Iago from Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. Interestingly, for most of the original movie, Iago pretends to be a regular parrot when in the presence of characters other than Jafar. In ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', Jafar claims that "If it weren't for me, you'd still be in a cage at the bazaar squawking 'Polly want a cracker'", which is sometimes taken to mean that Iago was a normal parrot whom Jafar made articulate with some sort of magic. On the other hand, no one seems to find it surprising that Iago is articulate.
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'' where the Spix's macaws can actually indeed talk, but none of the humans can understand them. In fact, said macaws can actually talk to other birds and animals, but they cannot talk to people.
* Merlin's "highly educated", snide and sarcastic pet owl Archimedes in Disney's ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'', of course.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* The parrot of ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 102 Dalmatians]]'', who thinks he's a dog, and is voiced by [[Creator/MontyPython Eric Idle]].
* ''ScaryMovie 2'' had a very foul-mouthed parrot that at one pointed started begging to be killed.
* ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' has Cotton's parrot. It speaks for its owner, who had his tongue cut out. While it cannot speak fluently (it speaks in various short phrases, which the other pirates interpret), its phrase selection is a good deal larger than the standard.
** It eventually learned a phrase that the crew understood perfectly: [[spoiler: "Don't Eat Me!" as the cannibals apprehended the crew.]]
* ''HomeAlone 3''. One of the few bearable things in the movie.
* ''TheSurvivors'' begins with RobinWilliams ''getting fired'' by his boss's parrot. No, really.
* The title character of ''{{Paulie}}'' is such a parrot; the catch is that every ''other'' parrot in the movie ''isn't'', and most humans have difficulty believing that Paulie ''is''.
** He also can't communicate with other birds.
** He almost became famous, but during the press-conference switched to "Polly want a cracker" type talk instead to spite the scientist who tricked him.
* ''Film/DeepBlueSea'' has Preacher's foul-mouthed parrot, who's later eaten by a shark.
%%* Laserbeak from ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''.
%%* Mac from ''Film/TheRealMacaw'' is this.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The UrExample (at least as far as this trope's horror potential goes) is Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's famous raven in the poem "Literature/TheRaven." The narrator begs of the bird to answer increasingly desperate questions about the afterlife and the hope of reuniting with his LostLenore, but the raven constantly answers, "Nevermore," rather pessimistically. The last stanza suggests that the bird has taken up permanent residence, and is less bird than evil portent of despair and damnation. You know, typical Poe.
* 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!"
* From the children's literature book ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'', the titular character and a neighbor kid teach a parrot scary phrases, then hide it in the chimney. The end result is that her parents tear the house apart looking for what's making the noise, and Matilda gives the neighbor kid his parrot back with her parents ''never'' figuring out what happened.
* From the children's book series ''Literature/MrsPiggleWiggle'', the main character's parrot Penelope was originally depicted realistically, but in the last book of the series she was an IntellectualAnimal.
* ''The Unkindness of Ravens'', a story about a researcher trying to boost animal intelligence. His only success had been with the ravens. They eventually wanted to leave the lab to have chicks. The story had one raven return to talk with the scientist. They figured out that the intelligence (and speech) couldn't be made hereditary. They'd have to come back and be altered.
* Literature/DoctorDolittle's parrot, Polynesia, was the one that taught him to speak animal.
* Kehaar from ''WatershipDown'', except that he's speaking animal language, not English.
** When first introduced, Kehaar speaks "hedge", the ''lingua franca'' of the world, but later learns Lapine, the native tongue of the rabbits.
* 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]].
-->'''Raven:''' Fuck you.
* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheHobbit'' has talking ravens, including Roac son of Carc, the chief of the ravens of the Lonely Mountain.
* 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]].
* Oreb in Creator/GeneWolfe's ''Books of the Short Sun''.
* Madison, the African Grey in the Creator/DickKingSmith novel ''Harry's Mad'' and its TV adaptation.
* Averted in the AlternateHistory AlienInvasion novel ''In the Balance'' by HarryTurtledove. One of the aliens is quite excited on discovering there's an animal called a parrot who'll say exactly what it's told, as their human collaborator is refusing to make further propaganda broadcasts. The collaborator is tempted to let the aliens make idiots of themselves, but reluctantly informs them that no human would take anything said by a parrot seriously.
* One novel in Erle Stanley Gardner's lengthy ''Franchise/PerryMason'' series, ''The Case of the Perjured Parrot'', turns on the eponymous parrot (it doesn't exactly testify, but it is observed that its claws are cut too short, which is a clue to the murderer). In the television adaptation, it was voiced by Mel Blanc.
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' and ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' both have talking ravens. For the most part, they just seem to act like parrots, but it's implied they are capable of comprehending human speech.
** Jeor Mormont's white raven in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' at first seems to only be unusual in that it's able to speak at all, only using this to ask for corn and repeat people's names and [[NotInFrontOfTheParrot taught phrases]]. However, its tendency to say unusually apropos things has several characters suspicious that it's [[SmarterThanTheyLook smarter than it looks]].
* The parrot in ''Literature/{{Next}}''; his uncanny use of language is handwaved as the result of being genetically altered. He's also far and away the most awesome character in the book because of this.
* The titular character in Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Barnaby Rudge'' has a talking raven that likes to shout "I'm a devil!"
* 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.
* One of the early ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' books has the group morphing parrots to tell off a seedy restaurant that's mistreating the birds. They start yelling things at the potential customers that drive them away.
* ''Literature/TheRaven'': [[MostAnnoyingSound Just one word and nothing more.]]
* Parodied in ''TheAreasOfMyExpertise'', where these attributes - and, indeed, the Shakespearean page quote - are modified so that they apply to lobsters. Lobsters are introduced to America because of the Shakespeare passage and there's a failed attempt at establishing them as popular pets, but then everyone realizes that they are ugly, violent little animals, so instead the lobsters just get eaten.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', talking birds are mentioned to have been used for espionage, but this stopped after the people being spied on caught on and started giving out false information to the birds.
* Justified in MichaelCrichton's last novel, ''[[{{Literature/Next}} 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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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Kiki in ''TheEnidBlytonAdventureSeries''.
* An episode of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' had Hercules turned into a pig and eventually meet a parrot who he can speak with through AnimalTalk (where it didn't have the stereotypical parrot voice), and which could speak to people through Polly Wants A Microphone (where it did), and could translate between the two.
* On ''TheYoungOnes'', a pirate is insulted by his own parrot. Subverted in that the pirate thinks the parrot is a dog (he keeps it on a leash) and assumes his boatswain is the one who insulted him, because dogs can't talk.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Raven Familiars in ''DungeonsAndDragons'' can speak. AWizardDidIt (or Sorcerer, or Adapt, or Hexblade, Dread Necromancer or arcane caster with the right feat)
** The "Stormwrack" source book officially introduced parrot familiars that are mechanically identical to ravens. Players probably took parrot familiars and used the statistics for ravens even earlier than that.
* [[ExaggeratedTrope Taken to extreme]] in Los Angeles 2035 where there are translator parrots. Ok, [[JustifiedTrope they are mutated birds]], but still...
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[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* The Enchanted Tiki Room at [[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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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The birds in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' will exhibit this if you hide. But only one is a parrot (the rest are ravens), and if you're not hiding, it says the stock parrot phrases (and, [[ShoutOut for some reason]], [[GratuitousEnglish "Shine get!"]]).
** The parrot drops the act after the end of the chapter, though.
* {{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.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' has two myna birds, and while they both talk, one of them is a bit of a subversion: It will say it's not good at human language and will only interact with Wolf Link (who [[AnimalTalk can understand all animals]]), offering a minigame.
* Douglas Adams' computer game ''StarshipTitanic'' featured a very screechy parrot voiced by former [[Creator/MontyPython Python]] Terry Jones. Who loved [[CarnivoreConfusion eating chicken]].
** The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kea Kea]] is a type of parrot that would indeed enjoy eating chicken.
* One case in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' used a talking parrot as a ''[[MakeTheDogTestify crucial witness to a case]]''. Mildly subverted in that the parrot is never implied to be especially intelligent. Instead, the key lies in which specific words the parrot was trained to repeat.
* ''MetalGearSolid2'' has a parakeet that may or may not be intelligent because it's possessed by the spirit of a genius hacker. Did we mention this is the point the game starts to get [[MindScrew really weird]]?
* Vienya's familiar Moja, from ''KnightsInTheNightmare''. Just how intelligent Moja is, we don't know -- he does communicate telepathically with Vienya, though, and is capable of translating for her in only slightly clipped Japanese (complete with kanji). Justified because, well, [[CaptainObvious he's her familiar]] and that's what he's there for (she's a selective mute and can't/won't communicate in any other way).
* [[EmbarrassingFirstName Pecker]] the [[MixAndMatchCritters monkaw]] from the ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' series.
* Loulou and Coucou from the ''VideoGame/NancyDrew'' games are both capable of giving you hints, and appeasing their wishes is required to progress in both games in which they appear.
* In Chapter 5 of ''VideoGame/StarTropics'', you meet Peter, the talking parrot. You have to bribe him with worms to get him to talk, and what he says is a clue to the puzzle in Captain Bell's tomb. He's also the great-grandson of the original Captain Bell's pet parrot.
* ''VideoGame/TheGranstreamSaga'' has the talking parrot Korky. He claims he's a spirit beast, but none seems to believe him.
* In ''VideoGame/UltimaVII: The Black Gate'', parrots have only a few lines of normal conversation (putting them on the same level as most town guards...) but if you threaten them with a gavel, they will tell the location of the hidden treasure in a bid to get you to spare them. Curiously, ''all'' parrots in the game know this secret, so perhaps they have a terrifying hive mind going.
* ''VideoGame/LEGOIsland'' has Mr. and Mrs. Pollywanna, a pair of talking parrots who also act as the [[SupremeChef Brickolinis']] telephone.
* In ''TheSims'' 2, you can teach a parrot to talk. (Or a kestrel, because it's really just a palette swap.) Of course, it, like your Sim, will still be SpeakingSimlish.
* ''GrandiaII'' gives us Ryudo's pet falcon Skye ([[ThisIsMyHuman Skye would disagree]]).
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Blackwing, Vaarsuvius's raven familiar in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Not bothering to speak Common at first because of a strained relation with V, he proved since the start of the fifth book to be quite smart. However, he is a familiar, so he grows smarter as his master becomes more powerful.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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.
* From ''GIJoe'': Shipwreck's parrot, Polly (who often seems smarter than her owner).
* ''TheFlintstones TheMovie'''s dictabird.
** Also the original ''Flintstones'' series and its spinoffs would make use of various talking birds for some of its [[BambooTechnology Stone Age devices]] (such as office intercoms).
* ''WesternAnimation/MayaAndMiguel'''s pet parrot, Paco.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' movie ''Shiver Me Whiskers'' has two pirate captains each with a parrot that has to translate for them because both pirates are [[TheUnintelligible unintelligible]].
* Iago from Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
* And also voiced by GilbertGottfried, Digit from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}''.
* Needle from ''WesternAnimation/ConanTheAdventurer''.
* An episode of ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'' had a bird that supposedly only said "Grunk" and "Snark". When Jimmy finds out it can speak perfect English, he's surprised, to which Heloise asks "[[FishOutOfWater Where are you from?]]"
* Professor Pericles, one of the main villains of ''ScoobyDooMysteryInc''. When he first appears (in which his first line is offscreen), Velma comments how parrots can mimic human speech, but the prison officer notes it's the first thing he's said in decades. He speaks normally (with a German accent) throughout the show.
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[[folder: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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UacIyT7YRCA/ 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.
** The 'magenpies' described in ''Literature/MyFamilyAndOtherAnimals'' certainly seem to have been able to mimic humans, and seem to have been able to link certain utterances to effects.
****** 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.]]
** Though not only do they have short attention spans, but they can be moody and very tricky. Alex was notorious for this; while the researchers were trying to teach other parrots, he would feed them wrong answers.
*** 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, [[ForTheEvulz because it's more fun to watch you get frustrated than it is to get a reward.]]
*** Wraa! [[MemeticMutation Prob]][[{{Troll}} lem?]] Wraa!
* The Guinness Book of World Records lists the bird with the largest vocabulary as Puck, a budgerigar (or parakeet). That's right, a parakeet. His vocabulary was in the range of 1,700 distinct words, and he displayed somewhat of an understanding of context, as do many other talking parrots -- it's just not a straightforward, human-like understanding of context.
* 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.]]
* Mockingbirds are an interesting example in that they don't usually mimic human speech, but can mimic almost any ''other'' kind of sound. They've been reported mimicking everything from other birds, to cats, to car horns and ringing cell phones.
** Don't forget the Australian Lyrebird.
* Ravens have been reported to mimic the howling of wolves when they find a deer or other large prey animal trapped in snow or underbrush. The howling attracts the attention of ''real'' wolves, who come to check out the possible intruder; instead, they find and kill the deer, and the ravens get to scavenge the carcass's remnants.
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