We’re not the only blabbermouths.
Ever tried to talk to your pet?
In some cases, they might try to “talk back” through meows, woofs, or gestures.
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Though their vocalizations aren’t a new discovery, it wasn’t until recently that researchers analyzed the species’ ability to learn humanlike sounds.
A September 6 report in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B asserts that the ducks have similar vocal learning abilities to parrots and songbirds.
These animals have a remarkable ability to learn new sounds — including ones that humans make.
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In 2012, researchers working with a captive Asian Elephant named Koshik found that he could make noises that sounded like words in Korean.
In 2018, researchers reported that a captive killer whale was able to mimic human vocalizations.
Our primate cousins cannot speak the same way as us — but they can mimic some of the same sounds.
In 2016, a group of scientists writing in the journal Scientific Reports shared that an orangutan named Rocky was able to mimic human speech tones, even though he couldn’t say words.
Musk ducks and pet parrots aren’t the only clever birds.
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Corvids, a groups of birds that include crows and ravens, also have the ability to “speak” like humans.
They might even enjoy the confusion that comes with mimicry.
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