Question by Preston: Smartest legal pet birds?
I would like a bird, more as a friend than as a pet, the way I see it. As much as I would adore having an American crow or common raven, they are illegal as pets. With that in mind, I seek a bird that is intelligent, but legal. Intelligence, as defined by my preferences, would be the capacity to learn and reason, not the ability to mimic words. I couldn’t really care less about how much it talks.
In short: legally domesticated, smart birds capable of learning and reasoning (not talking) are what I am looking for. A good list of choices would be amazing. My thanks in advance.
Perhaps I came off as hostile to “talking” birds… Apologies. I meant that speech as a pure measure of intelligence is what I don’t care for. I’m a loner by nature, so I can devote as much time to it as I possibly need to. I live in Grain Valley, Missouri (Kansas City area), if that information could possibly help for recommendations.
Answer by Meredith
How about a hill mynah? I believe they’re legal everywhere but you may need a permit to own them in certain places. They’re not too expensive and are extremely intelligent. I know you said you don’t care about talking but mynahs understand the meaning behind words and have very clear voices compared to other birds.
You can actually still get certain kinds of crows besides the American kind which are legal. Look into magpies. I don’t know where you live and laws vary by location.
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