He’ll Talk Your Ear Off

The cool thing about this parakeet is that he’s able to mimic different human voices. Okay, his diction isn’t exactly Oxford, but subtitles can take care of that. Parakeets do have a lot of personality; anything they learn to say is just a bonus.

Brainy Birds

I’ve never had a pet bird, but some of these videos make me wish I’d had. Really, what goes on inside a bird’s brain? Domestication really brings out their intelligence. But then it does that for lizards and turtles, too.

Baby Corn and Blue Jays… A No-No?

Boy howdy, it’s hot today! And now that I’ve seen this video.I am sooo glad I’ve never offered baby corn to blue jays.It turns them into squabbling baby birds. I mean, really–how long can flesh and blood stand to listen to this?

Apparently blue jays don’t like the finch food that I put in our feeder. Well, if this is what you get for catering to blue jays, you can count me out.

It’s Not Just Cats and Dogs Who Love Human Babies

We’ve seen lots of videos of cats and dogs cuddling human babies. Betcha bunnies do it, too. But here’s a new one on me–a cockatiel kissing up to Baby and whistling a lullaby. Animals understand us better than we think.

The Singing Cockatiel

Two cockatiels and a parakeet walk into a bar and… Well, you know the rest.

I’m used to videos in which cockatiels sing tunes written by and for humans. Here the tune is literally for the birds. We don’t get to see whether the other two stayed for the whole thing.

Angry Birds

Well, the cockatiel’s angry, at least. What’s going on here? The parakeet’s much smaller than the cockatiel but insists on annoying her anyway. Lots of vocalization, but who knows what it means? The human is busy serving as a referee.

Wacky Woodpecker

“Waddaya say we forget about trees for a while and try one of these ‘house’ things? Some of ’em are loaded with bugs and caterpillars! Jimmy the Sparrow told me that: he was in one, once…”

Eventually our hero gets around to pecking the doorbell. You have to admire his aplomb.

The Parakeet Brothers

It’s sort of like The Corsican Brothers, only with feathers.

These, we are told, are Indian ringneck parakeets. They’re pretty articulate for parakeets. The most talkative parakeet I ever knew could only say “Bobby-bird!” (his name) and “Bobby is a jobby” (don’t ask). But they do have lots of personality.

When A Crow Hits Your Trash Can

Here’s a raven–at the Tower of London, no less–pulling garbage out of the can.

But the crow I watched today, next door, made this bird look like an amateur. Someone had left a full garbage can uncovered, and a crow very industriously emptied it out, looking for tasty tidbits left by careless humans. What a mess he made! And he looked like he enjoyed doing it, too.

Bird Does Microwave

I can’t tell the difference between the microwave and the cockatiel imitating the microwave. But what’s really cool about this video is the bird trying to figure it all out. It’s obvious that this is an alert, intelligent creature trying to make sense of his surroundings. Just how smart are they… really?