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7 cultured animals that share knowledge

By: Bryan Nelson on May 9, 2011, 11:08 a.m.
Two parrot friends at the Walter zoo in Switzerland

Photo: Tamako the Jaguar/Flickr

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Parrots are among the most intelligent animals on the planet, and most species are also highly social and exhibit complex social behavior. In particular, their ability to imitate is impressive, as any owner of a loud parrot would contest ("Hello!"). Since imitation is such a crucial way that behavior can be transmitted culturally, it is perhaps not surprising that different groups of parrots can exhibit differences in their vocalizations, social behavior and feeding methods.