Don't call me Polly, bitch!!
According to researchers at Cornell University, parrots are named by their parents — and not their pirate.
Scientists had already observed dolphins, crows, primates and parrots have unique calls when they want the attention of specific members of their groups. But they wanted to know how our animal friends got their names. Do they name themselves? Are they named after a defining characteristic (like Joe form work with the big ass you call bigass Joe)??
After careful observations the Cornellians figured out it's the proud parrot parents who gave each chick its name.
Much like a human, the adult parrot will choose a name for its young soon after it's born. Each parrot, though, may tweak its own signature call as it grows older, elongating a whistle here or shortening a chirp there, essentially giving itself a nickname.
It makes sense, they are the only English speaking animal. LOL.
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