Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 11:40 AM
Douglas Firs (Boise Centre on the Grove)

Emotional Intelligence and Vocal Learning in the Indian Parrot (Psittacula krameri)

Shubha Srivastava, Goverment Degree Collage, Saidabad, Allahabad, Allahabad, India and Sudhi Srivastava, Government Degree College, Saidabad, Allahabad, Allahabad, India.

This is a parrot who speaks “spritual truth.” 3000 year old Indian mythological literature includes many stories and records about parrot's interspecies communication skill, capability to think before speaking, awareness, guide in wisdom, faithfullness and capability to acquire human-like speech. Early folktales and legends reveal that ancient Indians were quite aware of the high level of intelligence, talkative skill and emotional intelligence of parrots. However, the study of language acquisition by animals is a fairly recent science, having begun only about 30 years ago. To uncover these elements and to represent the presence of emotional intelligence in the Indian parrot, we surveyed some pet parrots, and our findings are interesting. We have found out that parrots are very good learners. They can maintain emotional relationships with humans. They also have emotions like human beings and sometimes they show their emotions, such as jealousy, love fear anger or friendship, to their master. Another interesting fact which we have noticed is that parrots can produce many sound combinations like humans. There are many regional languages in India and pet parrots mimic the same languages which their owners speak. We recorded that pet parrots can mimic words of Hindi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, and English. It has also been noticed that some parrots make meaningful use of vocalization and are able to associate words with their meanings and form simple sentences. Parrots can remember names of the family members and children, and can distinguish simple instruments and their use like remote and cell phones.

The present behavior studies may reveal some unknown facts about parrots.