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African Grey Vocal Limits?

Postby GreenWing » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:00 am

Okay so I've had Chance for almost two days now, and she is constantly surprising me with her talking ability. One example from today, I went into the bedroom and after a few moments she said, "Where did she go?" Clearly spoken. With a reference to me as SHE. It is almost scary! So far she has said a ton of words and questions, and while I have been told her vocab is "large"... how large can a Grey's ability get? I think Alex could say a hundred words?
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Re: African Grey Vocal Limits?

Postby Weka » Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:45 pm

Good question! I'd be interested in knowing, as well. I've read that the upper recorded limit for Greys speaking human vocab is around 900+ words, but then the world record is still held (I think) by Puck the budgie at 1,728.

I'm a big fan of Disco the budgie; it's fascinating how he re-arranges his human's pop culture phrases into unique calls of his own: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYcWA_RNl1s


Can't wait to hear what you and your bird learn from one another,

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Re: African Grey Vocal Limits?

Postby GreenWing » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:01 pm

Oh wow, Weka, I had no idea a budgie had the world record! I knew male budgies could be excellent talkers but Greys have that "reputation" for being "great' talkers and all. 900+ words, though!? That's insane! Chance is talking right right now as I type, it's really amusing :D
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Re: African Grey Vocal Limits?

Postby Dbeguy » Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:38 am

If there's one thing that I've always heard about parrots and >>> :gray: in particular is their capacity to take you completely by surprise with what they've picked up!

Are you specifically trying to get Chance to say anything in particular, GreenWing?
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Re: African Grey Vocal Limits?

Postby GreenWing » Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:07 pm

Dbeguy wrote:If there's one thing that I've always heard about parrots and >>> :gray: in particular is their capacity to take you completely by surprise with what they've picked up!

Are you specifically trying to get Chance to say anything in particular, GreenWing?


She constantly tells me to "Be nice", "Can I get a kiss?" "I love you", "step up" and says a TON of other words, it amazes me. She says stuff that I say without even trying to teach her. Last night, for example, as she perched next to my spouse, she said his "pet name" that I call him -- needless to say, it shocked me!

Here is a recent example of me trying to teach/change her vocabulary:

Chance: "Slut!"

Me: "No. It's NUT."

Chance: "Nut."

Me: "Good bird! That's right!"

Chance: "Go to hell."

:o :shock: :?

Chance is on Google+, if interested, PM me and I'll give you the link to her page where actual statements are made by her!
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