‘Bored’ pet parrots prone to pining for the jungle, research shows

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The Norwegian Blue may only have been a fictional parrot species made famous by a Monty Python comedy sketch about a caged bird “pining for the fjords,” but real pet parrots do, it seems, get the blues in captivity. That’s according to new research published by the Britain’s Royal Society, which suggests the bigger the captive bird’s brain, the more likely it is to exhibit “forms of abnormal behaviour,” such as chewing the bars of its cage or plucking its own feathers. The extent to which more intelligent parrot species are “prone to disease” and “apparently shortened lifespans” appears equiva…

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