Why Parrots Can Talk Like Humans

Monkeys are our closest biological relatives, and they can’t speak. But parrots don’t seem to have a problem at all. In 2016 researchers released a study with an incredible headline: monkey vocal tracts are speech-ready. It showed that monkeys are held back from speech not by their bodies, but by their brains. But if that’s the case, what’s the deal with birds? Parrots are known for their ability to mimic human speech with incredible accuracy. It’s jarring to hear an animal so vastly different from us speaking our language. So how do they do it?