Can Parrots Learn to Read?

by Jennifer Cunha

In 2016, I began to teach my parrot, Ellie, phonics—mostly out of desperation. Like many parrot owners, I found that my hand-raised Goffin’s cockatoo presented with a myriad of behavioral challenges-from nipping to property destruction, and the occasional screaming fit. I knew that these behaviors very often arise from lack of stimulation. The trouble was that I could think of no further possible sources of enrichment:

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