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Who’s a clever bird — now? A brief history of parrot cognition
- Auersperg, Alice M.I., von Bayern, Auguste M.P.
- Corvidae, Pongidae, cognition, convergent evolution, models, parrots, pets, speech
- Parrots are renowned for their intelligence and ability to imitate human speech ever since they have been kept as pets. Despite of impressive pioneering work on the cognitive abilities of parrots, research on parrot cognition has only recently gained momentum, probably given the new wave of interest in possible convergent evolution of complex cognition within the vertebrates. Together with corvids, they often parallel primates if not great apes in cognitive performance and have become important model systems to study the evolution of cognition. We briefly review the history of parrot cognition within the field of comparative cognition and introduce some of the laboratories that have contributed to this special issue as well as the studies they present.