->''"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]] (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).

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

See also IdiotCrows.


* [[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 Creator/{{ESPN}}'s Winter X Games XV commercials of 2011, in which two snow owls are "talking" with subtitles.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Hippo in ''Manga/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 {{Mon}}s; 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 ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' has Syrup, at least in mascot and "birdplane" form.
* The crows Oboe and Ocarina, Hamel and Sizer's companions (respectively) in ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln''. Justified in that they [[spoiler:were originally winged humanoids cursed to turn into crows]].
* In ''Manga/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 ''Manga/KingOfBanditJing''.
* 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]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Matthew the talking raven and his predecessors in ''ComicBook/TheSandman''.
* Creator/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 ''Franchise/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.
* ''ComicBook/{{Jommeke}}'': Jommeke's pet parrot Flip is able to communicate in articulate sentences and converses 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, make speeches, and 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.
* 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.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Iago from Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. A line in ''Return of Jafar'' implies that Jafar taught him, possibly using magic. For most of the original movie, Iago pretends to be a regular parrot when in the presence of characters other than Jafar. He drops this after the protagonists turn on Jafar, though, and no one in-universe seems particularly surprised by his fluent speech.
* 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.

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* The parrot of ''Film/OneHundredAndTwoDalmatians'', who thinks he's a dog, and is voiced by [[Creator/MontyPython Eric Idle]].
* ''Film/ScaryMovie2'' had a very foul-mouthed parrot that at one pointed started begging to be killed.
* ''Franchise/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 in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest Dead Man's Chest]]'': [[spoiler: "Don't Eat Me!" as the cannibals apprehended them.]]
%%* ''Film/HomeAlone3''
* ''Film/TheSurvivors'' begins with Creator/RobinWilliams ''getting fired'' by his boss's parrot. No, really.
* The title character of ''Film/{{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''.
* ''Film/{{Prehysteria}}'' features a miniature pterodactyl that can do this.
%%* Mac from ''Film/TheRealMacaw'' is this.

* 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 TheLostLenore, 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 ([[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!"
* One of the major secondary characters in ''[[Literature/MarthaSpeaks Martha Walks the Dog]]'' is a parrot, which is the only other animal in the neighborhood that can speak in human language.
* 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 ''Literature/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 ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, although this one may be {{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]].
* 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 Creator/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 Creator/MelBlanc.
* ''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]].
** This universe also has people with the ability to move their consciousness into animals. So the most popular theory behind the inexplicably apropos sayings of Mormont's raven is that a [[WalkingSpoiler particular person]] was speaking through him.
* 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 ''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.
* 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.
* Parodied in ''Literature/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 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]].
* ''Literature/WhenTheRobbersCameToCardamomTown'' features a talking and singing parrot as well as a [[TalkingAnimal talking and singing camel]].
* Creator/RayBradbury's short story "The Parrot Who Met Papa" features a parrot who memorized the unpublished last novel of Creator/ErnestHemingway.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' episode "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfSupermanS1E2TheHauntedLighthouse The Haunted Lighthouse]]", the mysterious "Help! I'm drowning!" calls come from a parrot.
* Kiki in ''Series/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 ''Series/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.
* ''Series/TheMunsters'' have a talking Crow voiced by Creator/MelBlanc no less.

[[folder: Radio]]
* Parodied in an episode of ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'', in which two parrots have a coherent conversation, but ''also'' have to keep stopping in order to mindlessly repeat the last thing the other one said.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Raven Familiars in ''TabletopGame/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...

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Ride/TheEnchantedTikiRoom at 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.
* Duncan, Captain Oceaneer's parrot at Typhoon Lagoon's "Miss Fortune Falls" is very vocal.

[[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.
* Creator/{{Infocom}}'s ''[[VideoGame/{{Enchanter}} Sorcerer]]'' has Belboz's talking parrot, Pollibar, 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 ''VideoGame/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.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' 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]]?
* In ''[[VideoGame/StreetpassMiiPlaza Mii Trek]]'', your guide, Sir Henry Beaksley, is a talking toucan.
* ''[[VideoGame/MysteryCaseFiles Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull]]'' has Mr. Crickets, Charlotte Landry's talking parrot.
* Vienya's familiar Moja, from ''VideoGame/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, 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 {{m|ixAndMatchCritters}}onkaw 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 ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', 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.
* ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'' gives us Ryudo's pet falcon Skye ([[ThisIsMyHuman Skye would disagree]]).
* Emily Short's InteractiveFiction game ''Glass'' features such a parrot--as the protagonist. You're locked in a cage, but by saying the right words at the right time you can influence the train of thought of the people talking in the room, and make their conversation reach one of the different outcomes.
* There is a talking parrot in ''VideoGame/TheUltimateHauntedHouse'', found in the menagerie, who gives hints to complete the game. It can be fed items in order to make him lay eggs, or [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential attacked, tortured, or fried by electricity to create a "roast bird".]]
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series backstory, there existed a race of [[BirdPeople Bird Men]] native to what would become the Imperial City Isle in central Cyrodiil. When first approached by [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] explorers, the Bird Men spoke back in [[ConLang Aldmeris]], surprising the Aldmer. However, they quickly realized that the Bird Men were only repeating their own words back to them. Despite this, the Aldmeri were able to teach them to actually speak their own words and to write, for which the Bird Men were grateful. [[MightyWhitey They declared Topal, the leader of the Aldmeri explorers, to be their lord and offered him their islands]].

[[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.
* 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.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Perry the parrot. Snake even notes how fluently he can speak.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''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.
* From ''GIJoe'': Shipwreck's parrot, Polly (who often seems smarter than her owner).
* ''WesternAnimation/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}}'' has his intelligence enhanced by some magic from Jafar.
* And also voiced by Creator/GilbertGottfried, Digit from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}''.
* Needle from ''WesternAnimation/ConanTheAdventurer''.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has 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 ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''. 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.
* 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.
* One of the members of ''WesternAnimation/LosTrotaMusicos'' is a rooster.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''' 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.
* Beatrice the bluebird is a talking bird companion in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'', of course this is [[spoiler:because she was [[WasOnceAMan Once Human]].]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There are [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSXSOEiv3N0 talking parrots in real 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 was capable of counting a few items and announcing their number (including saying "none" if no item matched the color or shape he was asked to count), and apparently coined a {{Portmanteau}} - calling an apple a banerry (banana + cherry).
** Parrots and corvids (crows, ravens, magpies, and similar) are highly intelligent for animals and many species are capable of both mimicry and are fairly adept at solving problems.
** 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 Avian Conservatory. The parrot cannot say anything, but the crow learned, because everybody was busy trying to teach the parrot and he [[TheUnfavourite 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. He was described as having the emotional maturity of a 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]].
*** 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. The Australian Lyrebird does the same thing.
** In fact, there have been multiple instances of Lyrebirds actually mimicking complicated sounds such as police sirens, jack-hammers or airplane noises when living in a zoo, yet being unable to speak a single human word.
** 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.
* 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. [[SummonBiggerFish The howling attracts the attention of]] ''[[SummonBiggerFish real]]'' [[SummonBiggerFish 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.