Wolf wrote:I know that this mirror test thing is used for helping to decide if an animal might be self aware or not, but with birds, I would be very careful about deciding that this is a good method or not. Some parrots are not in the least interested in the bird they see in the mirror, some show what can only be described as a very mild or just a passing interest in the mirror bird. Other demonstrate a sexual interest in the mirror bird and with these birds, I would say that the bird does not recognize the bird in the mirror as itself and that due to the highly sexual nature of its interest in the mirror bird, that that bird need to be kept away from mirrors as this type of interest can lead to problems for both the bird and the birds care giver. This is one of the primary reasons that most experienced bird caregivers do not recommend providing a mirror for the birds in their care.
Pajarita wrote:Yes, they are like that. They say something and then they stop and never say it again - or they do but it's 10 years later! But, in my personal opinion, the ability to talk is not really a good measure of their intelligence. I have birds that are super smart and don't say more than a word or two, only. I also don't think that intelligence is, per se, a feature that makes them more lovable. I can love a dumb one just as much as a smart one and, sometimes, even more!
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