Why can parrots talk?

The noises made by most birds are hard-wired into their brains, but three types of birds –hummingbirds, songbirds and parrots – are capable of learning new vocalisations. 

Scientists believe that clusters in the birds’ brains called song nuclei enable this vocal learning and that it helps them to form strong social bonds with each other and their owners. Parrots are particularly good at mimicking human speech because their tongues can move around to make human-like vowel sounds. 

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