Meet a feathered fellow who lights up the internet with his verbal abilities and intelligence: Apollo, an African gray parrot.
Apollo lives with his humans, Dalton Mason and Victoria Lacey, in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
He is two and a half years old and has feathered members of his family as well as human members. As the pair told Fox News Digital via email, Mason and Lacey also own two white-bellied cayenne named Sully and Ophelia.
The internet wants more from Apollo, it seems: an Instagram account Apolloandfreins It showcases the talents of Apollo and has around 142,000 followers, while the TikTok account of Apollo’s astonishing intelligence, ApolloandFrens, has amassed nearly 940,000 followers so far.
In several of their videos shared on social media, Mason can be seen asking Apollo to identify things or perform other tasks and get excited when Apollo gets it right.
And when he doesn’t – the bird always gets Second chance.
Apollo can distinguish metal from glass – pronounce each word clearly – and knows colors, among other skills.
“We’ve had him since he was eight months old,” Mason told Fox News Digital.
Working with Apollo and testing its limits is not a nice pastime for Mason and Lacey. It is a serious and even scientific passion.
“We use the ‘Model/Competition’ training program,” said Mason.
It was originally published by German ethicist Dietmar Todd, but has been published by Dr. Irene Pepperberg. [a scientist noted for her work in field of animal cognition] Through her work with Alex, her color is African Gray.”
Mason also said, “We’ll sometimes use active conditioning, which is more popular for pet training.”
Operant conditioning — which provides a good outcome in response to a desired behavior — is usually attributed to psychologist BF Skinner, according to SimplyPsychology.org.
Apollo can often be seen on social media receiving a peanut reward when he performs a task correctly.
“As a more passive means of training,” Mason noted, “we talk to him as if he were a family member, [almost] As if it was our little son.”
Explaining that the species’ abilities are “practically unknown,” Mason said the pair treat Apollo “a lot like a child” to see “how they compare cognitively.”
hH. added: “These parrots are about the same size as crows, have a similar diet and a complex social structure – so one might assume they are intelligent.”
He noted that “parrots are much better at repeating human speech because of their anatomy.”
Parrots talk by “modifying the air flowing over the syrinx to make sounds,” explains Exotic Direct, an exotic pet insurance company that also participates Alien factss on its website.
The site notes that “the syringe tube is located where the trachea divides into the lungs.”
The site also notes that “parrots, particularly African parrots and members of the Amazon family, are particularly adept at imitating human words and sounds.”
Apollo is related to us though He prefers DaltonLacey said.
“It is also very close to our other parrots and many of our parrots Friends and family.“
Unlike dogs and cats, parrots are unregistered, Mason said, “although they naturally live in large flocks with a complex communication system and social hierarchy.”
“In practice, they don’t ‘fit’ into human social structures or bonds as well as dogs,” he said.
“They are much more social than cats, which, as solitary animals, lack social programming at the genetic level.”