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When a parrot laughs - is it to be taken literally?

Discussion in 'Behavior Byway' started by CrazyBirdChick, 8/12/18 at 10:52 PM.

  1. CrazyBirdChick

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    I was just wondering if Blu really thinks something is fun/funny when he laughs?

    He was trying to mate with my hand earlier this evening so I started trying to distract him by trying to flip him on his back, and he started laughing like a human. Which made me laugh. Which made us both laugh. Which made me wonder...did he really think it was fun/funny? Or was more of a mimic because he predicted that I was about to laugh?

    Do birds laugh in context?
     
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    In context is "considered together with the surrounding words or circumstances". So if a parrot laughs because it anticipates laughter - isn't that in context? It's understanding and reacting to the situation appropriately. Whether it is funny to the bird in that sense is irrelevant for that definition.

    Jingo laughs when he's having fun or when I'm laughing. I think he finds himself hilarious to be honest :lol:

    One time we were out late, and it was really dark in the house when we got home. First thing I did was check on the birds, get them covered, etc. Only Jingo wasn't in his cage. I started turning on lights saying, "Jingo? Where are you?" and I just kept hearing these giggles. I finally followed the giggles to where he was hiding on top of the cupboards in the kitchen and he was laughing his little butt off.

    If that's not understanding humor, I don't know what is! :lol:
     
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  3. CrazyBirdChick

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    That makes total sense. Thanks Shawna! Jingo is such a character!
    :rofl:
     
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    Glad you asked, I wondered this as well!
     
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    my arthur laughs constantly. he’s a little terror. he’ll call my cats over, throw food at them then laugh hysterically:roflmao:
     
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    Last night gcc Beni & Quaker JJ were on my shoulder allopreening and grumbling/talking to each other when someone on tv laughed. JJ started laughing and when I asked him what he was laughing about he started laughing harder. Which made Beni grumble laugh, Fred heard and started laughing (cause they laugh my laugh) which got me chuckling and JJ just started laughing more and more ...
     
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    OMG, that is a riot. What a stinker!!

    I've noticed a couple times when sweetheart and I are laughing about something Waffle will join in. It reminds me of my 5 year old niece who doesn't understand what's funny but wants to be included!
     
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    He was laughing with you. Not at you. This time. :lol:

    Laughing is just another word that many birds use in context.
     
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    I started coughing awhile ago, so they all had a cough fest.
     

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