Why parrots can talk like humans

Monkeys are our closest biological relatives, and they can't speak. But parrots don’t seem to have a problem at all.
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In 2016 researchers released a study with an incredible headline: monkey vocal tracts are speech-ready. It showed that monkeys are held back from speech not by their bodies, but by their brains. But if that’s the case, what’s the deal with birds?
Parrots are known for their ability to mimic human speech with incredible accuracy. It’s jarring to hear an animal so vastly different from us speaking our language. So how do they do it? Partially, neurology: parrots are wired for communication in ways other animals (including other birds) are not. But it’s largely physiology. Birds are uniquely equipped to make sounds, and this video will give you a basic overview of how that works.
Throughout reporting this piece I had several conversations with Dr. Irene Pepperberg - If you’re interested in the neurology of these birds, I highly recommend checking out her studies on African Grey parrots. I’ve linked to a few of them below:
Evidence for Conceptual Quantitative Abilities in the African Grey Parrot: Labeling of Cardinal Sets
Acquisition of the same/different concept by an African Grey parrot: Learning with respect to categories of color, shape, and material
Number Comprehension by a Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus), Including a Zero-Like Concept
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  1. Dark Wolf

    Dark Wolf

    3 dias atrás

    Imagine if every animal combine to one parrot the way they talk and apes how they know and learn to create stuff and the lions for the strength and the Cheetah for the speed and the elephant for the size And falcon for speed of flying (also the ability to fly) imagine if that happened like we gonna be screwed.

  2. Crazy Psycho

    Crazy Psycho

    6 dias atrás

    Imagine if all day lf mammals learn how to talk talk and work for us. Lmao we become a real world -Zootopia-

  3. Ryuko Tokyo

    Ryuko Tokyo

    8 dias atrás

    the amount of birds and parrots killed/dissected to learn this tho.

  4. harry potter

    harry potter

    13 dias atrás

    these researches are very important , am sure they will help medical researches

  5. KendrixTermina


    14 dias atrás

    whoha cool

  6. Arix


    17 dias atrás




    19 dias atrás

    Which sounds does a parrot use when it is raised merely among humans?

  8. Meatball


    22 dias atrás


  9. demsy ciu

    demsy ciu

    23 dias atrás

    "Parrots are born communicators" okay.. so parrots have better communication skill than me

  10. Angie Gomez

    Angie Gomez

    24 dias atrás

    My cousins had a parrot that would curse& they fed him chicken, those sick bastards

  11. Victor Ventura

    Victor Ventura

    28 dias atrás

    “speaking human” hahahha

  12. ianericson


    Mês atrás

    planet of the apes would've been so much more enjoyable if the chimps spoke like that.

  13. Stealthy Raccoon

    Stealthy Raccoon

    Mês atrás

    try saying puh without using your lips

  14. Stealthy Raccoon

    Stealthy Raccoon

    Mês atrás

    sounds like a f#cking gremlen to me. ( the monkey )

  15. LetsBeClear


    Mês atrás

    We evolved in water for awhile, giving us the breath control necessary for speech. Other primates didn’t.

  16. My Secret Account

    My Secret Account

    Mês atrás

    2:26 That was edited. The bird actually sang 'man not hot'. I saw it on the internet so it's true

  17. My Secret Account

    My Secret Account

    Mês atrás

    So technically, you could train a monkey to ask people to marry it. Okay, I know how to subjugate 80% of the subcontinent, bye.

  18. Virjunior


    Mês atrás

    Awesome. I always wondered how their vocal chords work.

  19. FScorpion678


    Mês atrás

    That monkey has been smoking twelve packs a day

  20. Tsering Namgyal

    Tsering Namgyal

    Mês atrás

    Thank you now I can sleep 😂😂😂😂

  21. Sun Jara

    Sun Jara

    Mês atrás

    0:46 You mean _besides_ the feathers and everything that was mentioned just a few moments ago??? 😳😳😳😳😳😳

  22. nitz vision

    nitz vision

    Mês atrás

    It's because parrots eat mostly fruits ... multivitamins of fruits devlops our brain

  23. Alexander Comair

    Alexander Comair

    Mês atrás

    Is anyone disappointed that we didn’t hear parrots speak?

  24. Bangtan _Baby's

    Bangtan _Baby's

    Mês atrás

    Duolingo teach him ; )

  25. Bangtan _Baby's

    Bangtan _Baby's

    Mês atrás

    When I was a kid a parrot starts talking with me and I thought that some human is dress like a parrot •~•

  26. Smoky Donuts

    Smoky Donuts

    Mês atrás

    We partially evolved from birds. That’s why so many of us have that innate need to fly.

  27. Yad C

    Yad C

    Mês atrás

    Aren’t we glad dinosaurs shrunk?! Lol could you imagine a T. rex coming at you full speed screaming “hello”!! Lol

  28. hallobre


    Mês atrás

    I heard that crows have a better capacity to learn human language

  29. usman tahir

    usman tahir

    Mês atrás

    Make a video on bird law.

  30. Zacky Ducky

    Zacky Ducky

    Mês atrás

    I love how every single bird looks so innocent and doesn’t know they’re in a video. Just minding their own business

  31. UnListedJohn


    Mês atrás


  32. Stopmotion eer

    Stopmotion eer

    Mês atrás

    3:03 shows the comprehensive ability of parrots of things such as the finger circle game

  33. Mythicize


    Mês atrás

    But how do we get monkeys to speak

  34. Pro Pen64

    Pro Pen64

    Mês atrás

    Soo how did they find this ou-- OH NO ......THEY DIDN'T .............WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT!

  35. Sashira NL

    Sashira NL

    Mês atrás

    the real question is, do they understand us?

  36. Seferino


    Mês atrás




    Mês atrás

    How did two thousand people diside to unlike a video about how birds work.

  38. Carla MSM

    Carla MSM

    Mês atrás

    Now I want a bird. Thanks.

  39. Lukester


    Mês atrás

    My aunt had a bird that could mimic Mandarin super accurately

  40. PurpleShift42


    Mês atrás

    I think the lyrebird was actually from the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary in Victoria (Australia), but they live in the wild in Victoria anyway, so

  41. Strong Wet Fart

    Strong Wet Fart

    Mês atrás

    Imagine a parrot rappin

  42. Erik Cuevas

    Erik Cuevas

    Mês atrás

    Reminds me of that parrot that got arrested by the Brazilian cops for warning his owners that the drug raid was coming 😆

  43. the corbin show

    the corbin show

    Mês atrás

    My cockatoo whistles

  44. Douken


    Mês atrás

    Well, someone that says is a graduate and calls something voice box.... 🙄makes you think where they got their degree at...

  45. hexterZzz


    Mês atrás

    My eyes grew wide after I hear those camera snap

  46. QueenThoria


    Mês atrás

    That monkey sounds like a demented Scooby-Doo

  47. Senax dy

    Senax dy

    Mês atrás

    Thats the creepiest proposal ever

  48. Mohsin Ahmed

    Mohsin Ahmed

    Mês atrás

    Recently i read in the newspaper about parrots alerting drug dealers about police in Brazil. Whenever it saw police it started screaming "Mamae, policia!" which i think means 'mama police'. The parrot is now under arrest.

  49. catherine w.

    catherine w.

    Mês atrás

    Human: *whistles* Bird: “why humans can talk like us”

  50. Kazuto Lu

    Kazuto Lu

    Mês atrás

    It kinda funny of how a monkey is like 99% of a human yet a parrot witch is nothing like a human sound one

  51. Hon. Narcish McTattletale

    Hon. Narcish McTattletale

    Mês atrás

    Monkey sounds like Lawrence Tierney proposing.

  52. Abby Bonds

    Abby Bonds

    Mês atrás

    Magpies also mimic human speech too, it's wild.

  53. sexy monkey

    sexy monkey

    Mês atrás

    They mimic not talk you cant carry a conversation with it or any kind of meaningful exchange of words despite what some parrot owners might say.

  54. Tavorath


    Mês atrás

    Cantan de pechito

  55. Michael Mcdowell

    Michael Mcdowell

    Mês atrás

    Saw a bird in a pet store meowing like the cats; wish I could afford to have it lol

  56. Melissa Harris

    Melissa Harris

    Mês atrás

    Another neat note: the eclectus parrot speaks in their own voice rather than mimicing other voices.

  57. Dutch van der Linde

    Dutch van der Linde

    Mês atrás

    If they could speak the world would be a completely different place, like one voice box or something idk but that would be epic games

  58. kibudome


    Mês atrás

    it is not called the syrinx. you call it the syrinx

  59. NEKOLUS Games

    NEKOLUS Games

    Mês atrás

    that why my bird sound like cat

  60. jupiter is a bean

    jupiter is a bean

    Mês atrás

    that's adorable

  61. The Kuzuri

    The Kuzuri

    Mês atrás

    Hill Maenah also speak well

  62. furzkram


    Mês atrás

    Parrots are NOT only mimicking speech. African Grey's are able to form new sentences to express something, when they don't yet know the actual words for it. And they even get the concepts of grammar, let alone concepts like numbers and letters, being able to SPELL a word.

    • Egregious Feline

      Egregious Feline

      27 dias atrás

      @Virjunior They have the intelligence of a 3 or 4 year old child. Very smart, smarter than most mammals.

    • Virjunior


      Mês atrás

      Are you kidding? So it has the intelligence of a crow mixed which the capacity to speak human languages?

  63. sandeep singh

    sandeep singh

    Mês atrás

    Why nowdays human behave like worst than animals 🤪 ??

    • 1999


      Mês atrás

      Because humans are animals

  64. Alicia Banister

    Alicia Banister

    Mês atrás

    My parrot can speak and it gets bloody annoying sometimes. He’s a Congo Grey which is the main one they use in the video

  65. Belvedere Antoinette

    Belvedere Antoinette

    Mês atrás

    The only thing my bird says is "hey baby" and "uwu"

  66. Nicolas Aguilar

    Nicolas Aguilar

    Mês atrás

    That bird in the wild imitating a camera is super wild. Cool

  67. Truetothat454


    Mês atrás

    Why does Mia Thompson say, "They actually......." For every bird fact she gives?

  68. Ario Bintang Nugraha

    Ario Bintang Nugraha

    Mês atrás


  69. ItsNikoHimSelf


    Mês atrás

    They can‘t.

    • 1999


      Mês atrás

      Yes they can. They can mimic human speech and some birds can even form new sentences. You aren’t special.

  70. Checka Minute

    Checka Minute

    Mês atrás

    they can only mimic but cant talk like humans

    • 1999


      Mês atrás

      Some can form new sentences

  71. Johnny Page

    Johnny Page

    Mês atrás

    Clickbait, nothing but an anatomy lesson.

    • 1999


      Mês atrás

      Johnny Page you’re so woke

  72. Aaron Vazquezanzua

    Aaron Vazquezanzua

    Mês atrás

    I want a parrot



    Mês atrás




    Mês atrás

    Monkey: "Will you marry me" Narrator: "Yeah,i hate it too"

  75. Freedom Memes

    Freedom Memes

    Mês atrás


  76. Jungkook Army

    Jungkook Army

    Mês atrás

    I’m watching this with my cockatiel :3

  77. Mobile Turtle

    Mobile Turtle

    Mês atrás

    Parrot are robot

  78. mr.pepper plays

    mr.pepper plays

    Mês atrás

    What an awesome video. I loved it and how it was put together

  79. Kyle martin

    Kyle martin

    Mês atrás

    The monkey sounds like the slot machine from the fever twilight zone episode

  80. MrSeraph666


    Mês atrás

    The title should be “How Parrots can talk like Humans”

  81. Cheesus


    Mês atrás

    Wild animals that belong in nature. Please adopt instead of supporting breeders, and support them in their native habitats (whether it be financially, or with your time by educating others)

  82. parzival


    Mês atrás

    Then im over here still cant pronounce my Rs. Rip

  83. Georg M

    Georg M

    Mês atrás

    "Human" sound has much much more sounds than what you cited.

  84. Zhenru Tea

    Zhenru Tea

    Mês atrás

    2:05 ling ling can make those pitches on a piano a hundredth of a second so practice 40 hrs a day just like ling ling.

  85. Wilson Thiago Zequim

    Wilson Thiago Zequim

    Mês atrás

    "You can actually SEE the noise coming directly from their chest" 😂

  86. Ruza Hel

    Ruza Hel

    Mês atrás

    I actually want to know more about why monkeys can’t talk despite the high level of similarity.

  87. Rosegolden_flamingo


    Mês atrás

    How about the mynah bird?

  88. Avenged


    Mês atrás

    Could dinos have spoke?

  89. Preeti Vasant

    Preeti Vasant

    Mês atrás

    03:28 or maybe the others just aren't ready to be outed yet

  90. flippy


    Mês atrás

    Can it speak Chinese?

  91. YAA NAA


    Mês atrás

    Literally no one- Parrots- hEllO

  92. Chara Frisk

    Chara Frisk

    Mês atrás

    3:03 Gottem

  93. Frankidgem


    Mês atrás

    o really

  94. Rick Sanchez

    Rick Sanchez

    Mês atrás

    I never gonna smoke cause of that monkey

  95. Charles


    Mês atrás

    "Ed.... ward..."

  96. SomeoneCommenting


    Mês atrás

    In the parrot alien planet they have episodes explaining how primitive monkeys like us can talk when we have less ability than birds have to make multiple sounds.

  97. SomeoneCommenting


    Mês atrás

    I know that one of the baboons, not sure if the Gelada, sounds almost perfectly like human voice when they make their vocal sounds. But what they lack is the ability for an actual talking language. In the sound department itself, they are just fine. They just don't have the brain wired for using it as we do.

  98. YoThatsKaiToo


    Mês atrás

    Now I wanna be a parrot....

  99. JVMgames _

    JVMgames _

    Mês atrás

    Aka parots are better to talk

  100. LucKie


    Mês atrás

    Can anybody train a parrot sing Despacito? I'll reward the parrot.

    • Friend Of The Birds

      Friend Of The Birds

      14 dias atrás

      LucKie Yes. You can train them to sing. Mine knows the chorus to Havana.

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