Amelia Wein, MSc


Curriculum Vitae

Amelia Wein received her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA (December 2005). She worked as an English teacher and volunteer animal rescue worker between 2006 and 2011. In 2012 she began a master’s degree in Cognitive Science (Mei:CogSci, Middle European Interdisciplinary Masters in Cognitive Science), in which she investigated whether kea parrots can recognize the objects portrayed in pictures, both on a touchscreen computer and in photographs. Her master’s degree was awarded in November, 2014 by the University of Vienna.

In 2015 Amelia Wein began her PhD on the topic of “Imitation in Kea Parrots (Nestor notabilis)” under the supervision of Prof. Ludwig Huber. She was awarded the competitive 2-year DOC stipend by the Austrian Academy of Science in 2017. Her current research focus is on the vocal behavior of kea parrots, with an emphasis on vocal learning, development, and control. Planned completion of her PhD is Spring 2019.


Main Fields of Research

Vocal behavior in parrots, with a focus on learning and ontogeny

Breeding and husbandry of kea parrots


Research Projects

  • 2015 - 2019: Imitation in kea parrots (Nestor notabilis)

  • 2014 - 2015: Cooperation in kea parrots in a loose-string paradigm

  • 2012 - 2014: Picture-object transfer in kea parrots



Wein, A., Schwing, R., Huber, L. (2019). Kea parrot mothers Nestor notabilis produce nest-specific calls with low amplitude and high entropy. Ibis. 2

Wein, A., Schwing, R., Hausberger, M., Rodriguez, R., & Huber, L. (2018). Vocal conditioning in kea parrots (Nestor notabilis). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 132(1). 3

Wein, A., & Schwing, R. (2017). Claws on the wings of kea parrots (Nestor notabilis). Notornis, 64, 31–33.

Schwing, R., Nelson, X. J., Wein, A., & Parsons, S. (2017). Positive emotional contagion in a New Zealand parrot. Current Biology, 27(6), R213–R214. 4

Schwing, R., Jocteur, E., Wein, A., Noe, R., & Massen, J. J. M. (2016). Kea cooperate better with sharing affiliates. Animal Cognition, 19(6). 5

Wein, A., Gajdon, G. K., & Schwing, R. (2015). Picture - Object Recognition in Kea (Nestor notabilis). Ethology, 121, 1–12. 6

Wein, A., & Takac, M. (2013). Sensorimotor Characterization of Semantic Structures. Bratislava, Slovakia.


Univ.-Ass. Mag. Amelia Wein MSc.
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