Social context influences the vocalizations of a home-raised African Grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus erithacus).

@article{ColbertWhite2011SocialCI,
  title={Social context influences the vocalizations of a home-raised African Grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus erithacus).},
  author={Erin N. Colbert-White and Michael A. Covington and Dorothy Munkenbeck Fragaszy},
  journal={Journal of comparative psychology},
  year={2011},
  volume={125 2},
  pages={175-84}
}
Home-raised African Grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus erithacus) exhibit strong social bonding with their human companions. We examined how 1 parrot's vocal production (speech and nonword sounds) changed with social context with respect to descriptive measures of the vocalizations and their thematic content. We videotaped the parrot in 4 social conditions: subject home alone, subject and owner in the same room, owner in a separate room within hearing range, and owner and experimenter conversing… CONTINUE READING