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Parakeet lands on iPhone and activates Siri for hilarious “conversation”
Kiwi is giving all talking birds a run for their money. She doesn't just hold a convo with Siri but an introspective one at that. Amazing.
D.G. Sciortino
10.21.21

Most of us have seen parrots that can speak a few human phrases.

But some parrots are so well trained they can have full-on conversations.

Some parrots like Kiwi the parakeet can even activate Siri for some back and forth.

Kiwi and Pixel and Parakeets
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Kiwi and Pixel and Parakeets

Parrots with speech abilities like Kiwi are just incredible to watch in action.

Birds are the only animals that can imitate human speech.

According to Audubon, crows, mynah birds, ravens, and parrots are the best when it comes to speaking human.

Kiwi and Pixel and Parakeets
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Kiwi and Pixel and Parakeets

These kinds of birds have even given TED Talks, can speak in multiple languages, and have fronted heavy metal bands.

But parrots are the pros.

Birds can imitate humans by hearing them and imitating what they hear because of something in their brains referred to as the “song system.”

Kiwi and Pixel and Parakeets
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Kiwi and Pixel and Parakeets

Duke University neuroscientist and vocal learning expert Erich Jarvis found that a parrot’s song system has an inner core and an outer shell.

She believes the shell, unique to parrots, is why they’re so good at people talk.

She doesn’t know exactly how though. What is known about why parrots imitate humans is that they do so to try and fit in.

Kiwi and Pixel and Parakeets
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Kiwi and Pixel and Parakeets

Parrots are known to use their vocal abilities to share information with other parrots while in nature in an effort to assimilate into the flock.

Being a part of a flock is necessary for birds because they can’t search for food and predators at the same time. These responsibilities are shared within a flock.

Parrots can even learn and distinguish dialects.

When Yellow-naped Amazon Parrots in Costa Rica swap regions the transplants will pick up the regional parrot dialect. Isn’t that wild?

Kiwi and Pixel and Parakeets
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Kiwi and Pixel and Parakeets

So, parrots who learn to speak human are just trying to integrate themselves. While parrots can speak and can have some associations with words, they don’t usually understand the complex meanings of words.

But that can change with some training, like Waldo the African Grey Parrot who was trained to identify his favorite foods and ask for them

“We got him dehydrated banana chips, and he pieced it together and called them ‘banana crackers’ on his own. It’s a little creepy,” his dad Blake Harrison told Vice.

Kiwi and Pixel and Parakeets
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Kiwi and Pixel and Parakeets

Kiwi must have been trained well because she knows how to activate to Siri.

Her conversation with the AI was recorded on video and posted on YouTube where it was viewed more than 2.4 million times.

“Hey Siri,” Kiwi tells an iPhone, followed by a tweet. “Yes, you Siri.”

Kiwi and Pixel and Parakeets
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Kiwi and Pixel and Parakeets

Siri gets Kiwi’s command but things get lost in translation after that.

Kiwi does some pecking at the phone’s glass screen before having a full-on conversation with Siri.

But a lot of it was gibberish until Kiwi asked Siri to tell her about “parakeet,” “chicken” and “birds.”

Kiwi and Pixel and Parakeets
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Kiwi and Pixel and Parakeets

Sounds like Kiwi is trying to get real introspective with Siri. And it’s hysterical.

Watch Kiwi interact with Siri in the video below!

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Source: Kiwi and Pixel the Parakeets, Audubon

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By D.G. Sciortino
hi@sbly.com
D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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