Get Over Pigeon Messengers, Parrots Just Learned To Video Call

According to the study published in the Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, parrots have learned to video call, surpassing the hype about pigeon messengers.

The beneficiary of a Zoom call is not just the human species, it seems, a unique species has also learned to communicate via video calls and expand their reach. Researchers have taught a group of domesticated parrots to call one another on tablets and smartphones.

Researchers from Northeastern University, in collaboration with scientists from MIT and the University of Glasgow, were trying to investigate what happens when birds are taught to make video calls. What they found was that these birds used that newfound ability over a three-month period and a new social dynamic was observed.

The study was published in the Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and is a result of three-month-long research with 18 pet birds to evaluate the potential value and usability of a parrot-parrot video-calling system.

“Not only did the birds initiate calls freely and seem to understand that a real fellow parrot was on the other end, but caretakers overwhelmingly reported the calls as positive experiences for their parrots,” Northeastern University said in a release.

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