Monday, February 05, 2007

The amazing N'kisi

This is N'kisi the parrot. So what you ask? Well, this little bird is a lot smarter than Jade Goody. OK, well, that's not particularly difficult. Rather, this bird is smarter than a lot of people, and certainly one of the smartest animals ever discovered.

He has a vocabulary of 950 words, and according to BBC news, he 'invents his own words and phrases when he is confronted with novel ideas with which his existing repertoire cannot cope - just as a human child would do.' He also
'uses words in context, with past, present and future tenses, and is often inventive.'

Scientists studying N'kisi reckon he is one of the most advanced users of human language in the animal world. Continue reading.

Thank you to the lovely Roberto for the tip.

Photo c/o sciencenewsblog

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