There are a great number of birds which can be taught to say a few words. But the real ‘talking birds’ can be taught to say long sentences. The best talking birds are parrots, mynas, crows, ravens, jackdaws, and certain jays.
Many people believe that the ability of a bird to ‘talk’ depends on the structure of its tongue. A parrot, for instance, has a large, thick tongue. Most biologists believe that birds do not understand the words they say, but they can sometimes form an association between certain expressions and actions.
Do you know?
Many parrots are in danger of extinction, largely because people have destroyed much of their habitat. Some dealers sell illegally captured wild parrots at high prices.