Einstein: African Grey Parrot from Knoxville Zoo- Gave TED Talk
Einstein: African Grey Parrot from Knoxville Zoo- Gave TED Talk: Parrots are known for having better cognitive and vocal abilities than most of other birds. Some of them even go as far as to develop their own vocabulary, like this African grey parrot. The word birdbrained would perhaps require redefining if used in reference to this special parrot aptly-named Einstein. She loves to talk a lot and reply on cue. She also can imitate a wide range of sounds. Read on to know more about Einstein’s vocal adventures.
Einstein, the African grey parrot, is from Knoxville Zoo in Knoxville, Tennessee, and is a part of an outreach program to educate the visitors about the natural world. She was donated to the zoo in 1992.
African Greys are known for their advanced cognitive abilities to talk and to imitate the sounds they listen to, though only very few of them are capable of learning as many as Einstein does or be able to make sounds on cue. It takes about a week and a half to train Einstein to make a sound on cue. Stephanie White, her trainer uses a reward of sunflower seeds every time Einstein gets a word or sound right. Einstein can also give a rendition of an evil villain laugh and a Santa Claus laugh.
Einstein has a vocabulary of 200 words and sounds, and 70 on cue. She has even given a TED talk in February 2006 and can even sing “Happy Birthday”.
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