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    Re: i want to ask some thing

    Quote Originally Posted by mubashir
    hi ,
    actually i have learn alot about origin of languages and sumarian and so and so but i cant understand about this " WHY PARROTS CAN SPEAK ENGLISH OR ANY LANGUAGE WHICH WE TAUGHT THEM " WHY NOT ANY OTHER ANIMAL AND IT IS NOT MAMAL BUT A BIRD
    Parrots are not actually speaking; they imitate sounds that they hear. The particular language makes no difference to them. :wink:

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    Parrots, and some other birds like the Miner bird, can initate human language, but they are just repeating what they have heard, so it isn't really speaking. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Parrots, and some other birds like the Miner bird, can initate human language, but they are just repeating what they have heard, so it isn't really speaking. :D
    What, pray tell, is a "Miner bird"? :?

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    Only bird i ever saw talk more than a normal african grey was an old bald miner bird my dad used to have. You could literally carry on a conversation with this bird and you would never know it was him.. I actually though it was my grandmother a few dozen times... It also knew life in a tavern/bar and had quite the colorful vocabulary too when you inclinded the conversation to go that way.

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    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    Ah! It is an Australian bird. I thought you were referring to a "myna(h) bird".

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    FYI:

    Miner birds belong to the family Meliphagidae (honeyeaters). On the other hand, myna(h) birds are related to starlings (family Sturnidae). They all belong to the songbird order (Passeriformes).

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