New research at the University of California at San Diego suggests that 9 out of 11 starlings can learn grammar, which is incredible when you consider all the anecdotal evidence suggesting that less than half of American humans can. Nonetheless, after a month and some 15,000 training sessions, psychology researcher Tim Gentner has accomplished what countless elementary school teachers have not by teaching basic grammar to a bunch of birdbrains. The University could have saved a lot of time and money by simply asking us about the language of birds. We’ve been talking to ducks, geese, and turkeys for years.