Re: Bird Brains

Kennita Watson (
Wed, 20 Nov 1996 08:52:16 -0800

>How intelligent are parrots in comparison to a dog or a human being. I am
>speaking of _the_ most intelligent variety of parrot. Also if they can cram
>more intelligence into a smaller space wouldn't it be a good way to learn
>about a new design structure for the human brain? I also heard canaries can
>regrow brain cells.

I've heard from someone that raises parrots that they can get as smart as
a five-year-old. I imagine that this is along only one or two of the many
axes of intelligence, though.

I assume that by "brain cells" you mean neurons? I think humans can
regrow non-neuronal brain cells (in adulthood).


Kennita Watson | The bond that links your true family is not one of blood,| but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do
| members of the same family grow up under the same roof.
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