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Uncommon Knowledge: What do you call a baby parrot?

January 13, 2014

Parrot Booties | $28 | UncommonGoodsWell, that depends. Because parrots are one of several species (including humans) that give each individual a name to help distinguish them from the group. Researchers in Venezuela made careful observation of newborn parrot chicks to see how this naming process happens. What they found was not that the baby chick spontaneously creates its own name, but that the proud parent birds pick out names for their children. The birds carry those names throughout their life, although they may choose to alter them slightly—essentially giving themselves a nickname!

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