N'Kisi: The Parrot With The Huge Vocabulary
Posted on December 1, 2005
N'Kisi is an amazing parrot that has a 900+ word vocabulary and a sense of humor. The BBC story about N'Kisi is from last year but it is a story worth repeating.
N'kisi is believed to be one of the most advanced users of human language in the animal world.N'Kisi is a hand-raised African Grey parrot. The parrot has been taught by Aimee Morgana and he has been raised as a member of the family. You can read more about N'Kisi here and hear him speak here. You really need to hear N'Kisi speak -- it is pretty amazing.
About 100 words are needed for half of all reading in English, so if N'kisi could read he would be able to cope with a wide range of material.
He uses words in context, with past, present and future tenses, and is often inventive.
One N'kisi-ism was "flied" for "flew", and another "pretty smell medicine" to describe the aromatherapy oils used by his owner, an artist based in New York.