Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Indiana, USA
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This is exactly the kind of thing a grey would figure out to do! Few people realize how intelligent greys really are. Couple this with the fact that they naturally use their ability to mimic to confuse predators in the wild. They throw their voices and mimic another bird the predator might like better, only the predator thinks the other bird is far away from their nest, and the predator moves toward the fake voice. They mimic something that is frightening to the predator, making it sound as if this thing is where their nest is, and the predator goes away. This is a natural instinct and talent for greys, and they learn to use it in the household.
My ex-husband's timneh used to entertain itself doing things like this all the time. We didn't have a sliding glass door, so it didn't do exatly that, but it would keep the cat running from room to room by meowing as if it were in various rooms, and the cat would run around all over the house looking for another cat. Then the bird would laugh and say, "stupid cat." It kept the dog doing tricks by imitating my voice. It kept my ex-husband and I running around by imitating our voices as if we were outside, so we'd go looking for one another.