hand reared, very finger tame finch "it can talk too"! ::
Missed this at first reading . . but I wouldn't laugh at this too much
Many years ago, a friend's wife hand raised a Cutthroat. It was extremely finger tame, and when she spoke to it, would respond with very "un-cutthroatlike" sounds, which though not 'words', were I'm sure the finch's interpretation of human speech. The affection that this bird had for its "mother" had to be seen to be believed.