Episode 37: Laughing Parrots

Behold the majestic kea of New Zealand, which frequently chews on the rubber parts of parked cars. Bat expert Bill Schutt is shown for scale.

When you hear people laugh, you are more likely to laugh. This kind of thing has never been shown for a bird before, so let’s do some playback experiments with keas!

Schwing, R., X. J. Nelson, A. Wein, and S. Parsons. 2017. Positive emotional contagion in a New Zealand parrot Current Biology. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.02.020