In 2019, police seized ‘super obedient’ lookout parrot trained by Brazil drug dealers. According to reports, the bird had been taught to alert criminals to police operations in Vila Irmã Dulce, a low-income community in the sun-scorched capital of Piauí state, by shouting: “Mum, the police!”
Willie, a parrot, alerted its owner, Megan Howard, when the toddler she was babysitting began to choke. Megan was in the bathroom, the parrot began screaming “mama, baby” while flapping its wings as the child turned blue. Megan rushed over and performed the Heimlich, saving the girls life.
There are an estimated 550 wild parrots living in NYC that were accidentally released from a shipment at JFK airport in the late 60s.
A parrot named Echo was put into witness protection after testifying against its owner leading to their arrest.
After Nigel the English-speaking African grey parrot vanished from his owner’s California home for four years, making a return fairly unlikely, amazingly he not only returned but could now speak Spanish.
Scientists studied a parrot for 30 years and found he had the intelligence of a five-year-old human. He had a vocabulary of 150 words and could ask for a banana. If he was offered a nut instead, he would stare in silence, ask for the banana again, or take the nut and throw it at the researcher.
The first animal to ask an existential question was from a parrot named Alex. He asked what color he was, and learned that it was “grey”.
There was a death metal band whose lead vocalist was a parrot.
Near human-like levels of consciousness have been observed in the African gray parrot.