Why Do Humans Love Birds So Much? It’s the Bird Brain!
What is it about parrots that so easily attracts humans? Simple. It’s communication. Parrots have the ability to communicate and interact with human beings up to the age of a five-year-old child. They can put two and two together, match colors, play with toys the way any five-year-old does. They can count, match similar things, put things together, take things apart, which is one of their favorite things to do.
Why five years old? Well, that is when we humans begin to develop our ego and we always have that aspect of ourselves within us for our entire lives. When we see what these birds can do, when we see them put things together and solve problems, that connects us to the five-year-old within ourselves.
And the birds learn quickly, they are trainable just like a five-year-old child, but they also say “no” a lot, too, don’t they? They know what they do and don’t like, what they do and don’t want, they get belligerent, they want you to do what they want you to do. Now!
The language part of the brain in a bird is the same as the human’s. It’s mostly in the parrot, though we can sometimes see it in other birds as well. They love entertainment, they love color, they love sound, they love movement, they are a five-year-old discovering their world all the time. And the more they discover, the more interactive they are and connect with everything around them.
Can You Speak Macaw?
They don’t just say hello to a person or another bird. If there’s a turtle there, they’d say hello to them if they knew their name. Or they’d make one up just like a kid would do! The birds interact with each other and make up language among them, so their communication is species oriented. Macaws speak macaw to macaws, but there are many, many different kinds of macaws. They can learn human language, whether that’s English, Russian, Spanish, but then they create their own language, the same way we see twins do.
Bird brains have a connector that connects with their eye structure that is completely different from humans. They see fluorescence on purpose, they see through long and short wave, as well as the standard way that humans see. Our eyes see a particular wavelength. Birds have a much broader wavelength scope. Why? There are insects and flowers and stones that all fluoresce and those mean something to the birds. If it’s a particular blue color, they know it’s a mineral they need to eat. Macaws hang out at the clay cliffs to get the minerals they need. If you put shortwave, long-wave and mid-range lights on the clay walls, you would see that they light up in all different colors. Birds see that, humans do not.
Birds also have a sense that is much more profound than that of humans. Did you know that your bird knows at least fifteen minutes before you arrive home that you are on your way? Fifteen minutes! Why? Because they are flock animals and are always looking to where their flock is. They have a sensor that picks up on that. You’ll hear them calling, not only for the responses of their own flock, but all other flocks and animals that are in the vicinity.
They have an incredible ability to process their environment, to sense when a storm is coming, a volcano erupting or an earthquake hitting. They sense it, know what it’s about and know how to protect themselves and where to go to survive. It’s in their senses and their body and pulls up through a brain structure that allows for it to be processed. They can’t just take it in and know it, they process it.
Parrots Learn It Once and Never Forget
Again, parrots are very trainable. They not only can pick up a language but they know structure. They can put a, b, c, d, and e together, just like a five-year-old. Once they do it the first time, they never forget and can do it again. They can open up a lock, spin the lock dial, and use their tongue and beak to feel exactly where it hits to open a combination lock. They have no saliva on their tongues, it’s like a dry finger, a very strong muscle that can turn the top off a container while their beak holds the container.
A bird’s ability to access things beyond what you think they’re observing, and then figuring out, is quite profound. It’s like a five-year-old human child. They’re problem-solving in their environment. The more you feed them problems, the more they figure out how to solve them. We give our children so much problem-solving before the age of five. And some are so smart that even though they may not be physically capable, they figure out another way and make it happen anyway! You have the problem-solving, interactive dynamic of being not only safe, but in discovery happening most through the age of five. And as in humans, birds have a connection with what we call spirit. Just because you can’t see, feel and touch it doesn’t mean that Intelligence isn’t interacting and causing discovery and curiosity.
Parrots become experts in a lot of things in their specialty. They know rhythms and timing. They know what’s going on above them and below them, because they are prey from above and below and from both sides. A bird’s sensor is up to five miles, they can sense that far away and they do it through sound and light waves. That’s how they know you’re at the train station and on your way home. They know to start communicating or get agitated and begin saying “hello, hello, hello.”
Their Whole World Has Color
Birds do not go to college or read books, process that information and have a discussion around it. That’s a part of the brain they don’t need, don’t use and don’t play in. But understand, parrots live in a very, very colorful world. There is no black-and-white in a parrot. They are in every stunning color you could ever imagine and the more fluorescent and bright it is, the more you’re looking at the brilliance of the world they live in.
Please enjoy this short video of Daryl Johnson (DJ) of Birds on the Brink Sanctuary chatting to Casper the parrot.