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In rare cases, crows also talks 

Myna 1 vote, 33%
Parrot 1 vote, 33%
Lyre 0 votes
Other 1 vote, 33%

4 Answers

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Myna, by

Can't say for the others but I had a Myna bird when I was a kid and it learned some phrases. Mostly bad ones from my Dad when he was mad, which was almost all of the time.


I had the Myna chicks fallen from tree a couple of times but I released them after few days.

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Parrot, by

It is hard to say, which species is the best in imitating human talk; parrots, like the grey African parrot, the common pet parakeet or budgerigar, corvids like the magpie, raven or crow, further macaws like the aras, the hill myna, the Eclectus parrot, Amazons, Indian and other parakeets, cockatoos, keas, etc. are often cited as excellent "talkers" and noise imitators.



According to amateurs and professionals, the African grey parrot and the budgerigar are in the lead, closely followed by "representatives" of various bird families, i.e. psittacidae, i.e. Aras (macaws), Eclectus parrot, Amazon parrots, Indian ring and other species of parakeets, cockatoos and cockatiels, keas, etc., sturnidae (hill myna) and corvidae (magpie, raven, crow), and, sometimes, jays (corvidae), or lyrebirds (menura), who are imitating various noises ...

As I knew a grey African parrot (owned by a neighbour, with an impressing vocabulary) and some speaking budgerigars (one at school and some belonging to acquaintances), cited them as best, but I also heard several times ravens and hill mynas.

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Other, by

I have always favored ravens.  :)



Ravens sounds nice but wild mynas mimic other birds naturally but I don't think ravens do it naturally in the wild.


Much like their close relatives, the crows and magpies, they are very smart, versatile and masters of survival arts; and imitating various sounds help them to fool predators and food rivals (in the wild), and they adapt easily to urban and human environments, learn to "talk", and many other "tricks". The hill myna has a very similar behaviour and similar skills, but is not from the same bird "family". 





I'll be impressed when one of these ravens says, "Nevermore."  :)


Lol - I suppose that you are referring to a certain rather "gloomy" poem by E.A. Poe (with the raven answering every question with nevermore):



There was also a dramatic French thriller, the title of which is the French word for raven (le corbeau), but this "raven" refers to a blackmailer:


La Fontaine's ravens are much nicer - and more entertaining ...



Yep.  :)


The perfect "dark" ambiance and well presented.



And Poe's use of the despairing sound "oh" in the two next to last lines is excellent.

"And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
            Shall be lifted—nevermore!"

Indeed the repeated "oh" sound suits perfectly this oppressing ambiance.

And to come back to the birds, corvids are very intelligent:


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Parrot, by

Here's some information about a few examples of the most known "talking" birds (as all have closer "relatives" and subspecies):

the Common Hill Myna: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hill_myna

the Common Raven: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_raven

the Hooded Crow: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooded_crow

the Common or Eurasian Magpie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_magpie

the African grey parrot (endangered): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_grey_parrot

the Budgerigar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budgerigar

and the Superb Lyrebird: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superb_lyrebird