African Grey Parrots This pet parrot's words may be used in Michigan murder trial

The death of Martin Duram has been blamed on his wife Glenna and the parrot owned by Martin is believed to possess the key to solving the case.

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A prosecutor in Michigan is contemplating whether a 19 year old parrot could be called upon as a witness in a murder trial.

The death of Martin Duram has been blamed on his wife Glenna and the parrot owned by Martin is believed to possess the key to solving the case.

According to Martin’s ex-wife, Bud (the parrot) has been mimicking what is suspected to be the last words of his owner before he was shot multiple times in May 2015.

He’s using Marty’s voice...It [has been] imprinted in his brain, and he can’t let it go,” Christina Keller told local media.

Robert Springstead, the prosecuting attorney, has asserted that his office is examining Bud’s words to ascertain if it could be acceptable in court.

In similar circumstances, the attempt to use a parrot (the same species as Bud) as a witness in a 1993 murder case was dismissed.

In that case; the African grey parrot repeated the phrase “No, Richard, no, no, no!”

[READ: Ghana’s talking parrots need saving]

African Grey parrots, are extremely smart and sociable birds.

A flock of these birds is a kaleidoscope of grey, black, white and a string of red feathers at the tail. According to ornithologists (bird experts), they can be as smart as a five year old. They can mimic human language and put together sentences. One of these birds, called Einstein, has even featured in a Ted talk presentation.



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