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  Chatty parrot stuns scientists
Updated 26 January 2004, 21.08
N'Kisi the parrot  Grace Roselli
N'kisi the parrot is making waves with scientists with his unusual speech.

Unlike most parrots, who can manage the odd "Pretty Polly," N'kisi knows 950 words, and even has a sense of humour.

He invents his own words and phrases to deal with new ideas, just like humans. When he met a famous monkey expert, he asked: "Got a chimp?"

When N'kisi, an African grey, was tested by scientists, they found he used the right words three times more than would be likely by chance.

He is also very inventive, and described the aromatherapy oils used by his owner as "pretty smell medicine."

Alison Hayes, of the World Parrot Trust, said: "N'kisi's amazing vocabulary and sense of humour should make everyone who has a pet parrot consider whether they are meeting its needs."

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