Parrot calls imaginary number, talks to himself & breaks out into the most contagious laughter


He is a great brave parrot named Larry and he laugh a phone rings. He even learned to simulate. Scientists found in the brains of parrots of the structure responsible for the unique ability of these birds to imitate sounds, including human speech.

The discovery made it possible to understand when and why in the course of evolution, the parrot learned to imitate someone else’s sounds. Research on this topic is presented in the journal PLoS One. Songbirds, parrots and hummingbirds — all birds capable of onomatopoeia, and learn new songs — have a special “song center” of the brain — a group of interconnected neurons, synchronizing singing and learning.

Neuroscientist Erich Jarvis (Erich Jarvis), working with the PVALB gene activation in the brain of parrots, drew attention to a strange fact: this gene was included in two different sections of the song center.