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31-03-2008, 11:14 PM
just something i found and hope u like it!

The Bird with the Largest Vocabulary in the World

Puck, a budgerigar, or budgie, (popularly known as a parakeet in America), was accepted into the 1995 Guinness Book of World Records as "the bird with the largest vocabulary in the world." He was acknowledged as having 1,728 words when the Guinness Book went to press. The documentation for his feat took place over a six-month period when 21 volunteer observers in 21 separate sessions took notes on what they heard Puck say. Several observers were members of the Redwood Empire Cage Bird Club (Sonoma County, California), and most were familiar with various species of parrots. Two of the volunteers were avian veterinarians.

In addition to the volunteer observations, tape recordings and a video were provided as documentation for Guinness. Puck's owner/caregiver, Camille Jordan, of Petaluma, California has about 30 hours of Puck tape recordings, videos and detailed records of every word she heard spoken! Puck appeared on several Bay Area newscasts in December 1991 after an article was written about him in American Cage-Bird Magazine. Another article about Puck appeared in Bird World (Vol. 15, No. 6, 1994).

Rather than just mimicking, Puck created his own phrases and sentences. He often used the appropriate phrase in a situation, and sometimes displayed an uncanny understanding of his environment.

For example, on Christmas morning, 1993 Puck was entertaining himself on the coffee table in the living room when Camille and her husband heard him say: "It's Christmas. That's what's happening. That's what it's all about. I love Pucky. I love everyone."

Unfortunately, Puck's life was too brief. He was only five years old when he died of a gonadal tumor on August 25th, 1994(rip). He had been accepted into the Guinness Book only a few months earlier.

Puck appeared in the 1995 through 1998 Guinness Books, was omitted from the 1999 through 2002 editions and reappeared in the 2003 and 2004 editions. The 2005 paperback Guinness Book has not been released at the time of this writing. Readers should note that recordholders will not necessarily appear in every Guinness Book!

sorry its so long but its a good read:)

Lynne Sargent
01-04-2008, 02:18 AM
Yes, they do come up with the oddest words at times:). My mum's old bird used to combine "beautiful" and "gorgeous", and called himself "gorge-iful":D. He used to get very annoyed when she talked on the phone, and demand, "What you doing? What you doing??" and squawk progressively louder until she stopped & paid attention to him (and only him, lol).

Our Harold has been overheard to snidely remark, "Is it really??" when told it's bedtime, LOL.

01-04-2008, 07:17 AM
That's absolutely amazing. What a clever budgie! I'd love to see those videos of him...

01-04-2008, 08:23 AM

it is really heroic feat. I must say that Puck knew almost more English words as I know:). He was really very clever budgie.

01-04-2008, 09:39 PM
i knew its so sad he died but he learned all that in less than 5 years

01-04-2008, 09:42 PM
also another budgie named puck... at (copy and paste) http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8428573745023104716&q=puck+parakeet&total=2&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0