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Stray parakeet tells Tokyo police where he lives

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Great story.

I once lost a yellow cockatil and put a notice in lost and found. I recieved half a dozen or so calls from people all over the city who had found similar birds. So this must go on all the time. I reckon you could stock a pet shop with a few well placed ads in lost and found.

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Clever little birdie!

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well trained by his master !

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This cute little blue budgie was on TV last night. It's nice to see a good news story like this - feels like it has been a while!

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We need more stories like this !

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Fabulous!

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I only thought that parrots can talk, but I was never aware that parakeets could talk.

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movieguy - but I was never aware that parakeets could talk.

You should watch more "animal" programmes!

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Much like the MockingJays in "Hunger Games".

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So does he speak in Nihongo or English? Facinating that an animal can mimic any human language if taught.

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WOOOOOOOW!!!! now that is awesome!

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Somebody give that bird a job in government. Nice to look at, sweet and friendly, cares about his family, and when he opens his mouth something intelligent and useful comes out. He has my vote (if I could)!

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A bird that knows when to Tweet!

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Teaching a parakeet an address is much better than what someone I know did, which was to train a parrot to say, "Leave me alone!"

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A nice article. I wonder how many parents teach their kids the same thing. My 3y/o knows his address.

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Alphaape - So does he speak in Nihongo or English? Facinating that an animal can mimic any human language if taught

You just answered your own question... this bird will mimic the language you teach them.

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Wow that is really cool. That bird is a genius!

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as butterfly said, that's a budgie not a parakeet. some of them speak really well and can even form their own sentences. whether they understand them is a different matter. probably didn't speak until it got used to the faces of the police.

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I would love to catch one of those big green parrots flying around Tokyo. Very cute.

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This is like the scene out The Three Stooges's "Disorder in the Court." Any chance this bird can challenge Ishihara in the next election?

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Awesome story...one of the best I've read in a while!

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I agree with Hide Suzuki, we need more amazing stories like this!

"You're pretty, Piko-chan"

Ha ha ha, I'll bet Piko-chan is pretty!

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Better than a Pink Kitty!

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Great story!!

that's a budgie not a parakeet

Actually a budgie (budgerigar) IS a parakeet.

I only thought that parrots can talk, but I was never aware that parakeets could talk.

There is another 'talking bird' which is popular in Japan, the mynah. It's bigger than a budgie, smaller than a parrot. Maybe not so pretty to look at, but it reproduces sounds very well. I kept one for a year or so and it sat in the entrance, often fooling delivery people by answering 'hai', while no one else was home! (The neighbors told us about the perplexed delivery people)

Have also kept a budgie which was allowed free time daily to fly around in the rooms. Often perched on my shoulder to nibble at my ear and sharing my shochu :-) while telling me all the expressions it knew, which was quite impressive.

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weird @____@ lol!

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We don't read enough nice stories on JT, but this was a good one.

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the animals in Japan have been are pretty smart. The karate bear and parrot that can solve puzzles and now this! Hmmm... great story feels good to read it.

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Actually a budgie (budgerigar) IS a parakeet.

fair enough presto, but it's like reporting that someone's cat is missing when it's really a 600 pound tiger, it's lazy, misleading or oblique reporting. why not use the accepted term instead of a localized misnomer so everyone knows what you're talking about.

nice bird stories, btfw. careful of sharing alcohol with your budgie, though, it's not good for them.

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Birds will imbibe booze?

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ranger miffy, some parrots eat rotten fruit in the wild and get drunk, but it can make them susceptible to predators and apparently can kill them with toxicity.

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Back on topic please.

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Nice to see a good news story. I kept a budgie when I was a child, but he refused to talk, despite my best efforts to teach him.

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Smart. But my bird is smarter. He doesn't need the police to bring him back, he knows the road and flies it by himself. He's back from migration today. I wish he could talk in my language and tell where he has been... Well he's talkative, but I'm not fluent enough in tweetgo.

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Hide Suzuki: "We need more stories like this !"

We agree again! While this isn't anything detrimental to human survival or anything, it's nice to see a story where a bird makes us all look like fools, and where the act of returning a pet to a family can be so heartwarming. I personally would give that polly a cracker.

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Nice to see a good news story. I kept a budgie when I was a child, but he refused to talk, despite my best efforts to teach him.

The trick is to teach them from their hatchling days, when you are feeding them with a spoon.

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careful of sharing alcohol with your budgie, though, it's not good for them.

Our budgie loved alcohol and salt. Both are bad for them, like they [alcohol & salt] are for humans.

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Is Piko-chan a common name for budgies in Japan?

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What a cute story! I hope JT prints more like these in the future...

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This is how I got one of my pet birds. Just landed on me one day and we could never find the owner.

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Indeed. Bond with a budgie when they are a couple of weeks old, and they will chat merrily with you for ever after. My Sven lives not far from Piko. maybe they could meet for a chat :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7PKG6S8jdQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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The trick is to teach them from their hatchling days, when you are feeding them with a spoon.

I had a rainbow lorikeet who was a great mimic of other birds and for some reason was able to copy a human sneeze. But I did teach him the same whistle I used on the dog by playing a continuos tape while I was at work. Bit of a mistake in the end. He got it so perfect that whenever he did it the dog would go from snoozing to franticaly looking for his frisbee thinking I was summoning him and then dropping it at my feet with an excited expresion on his face and tail wagging madly in aticipation of the joys awaiting him.

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@Aardvark

Great video! I'm just surprised that with a name like "Sven" he didn't learn to say: "Jeg elske dig"

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Lots of parrots can learn to talk, and it's a myth that they have to be 'taught early'. I never 'taught' my birds to talk... they simply picked up words and phrases from being spoken to and being in the middle of the home where people are talking a lot. I'd encourage anyone with birds to look up things that are toxic to them. Please don't harm your bird!

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