You may have known parrots can imitate speech, but did you know they can sing along to modern music?
Parrots love to sing. It’s one way for them to show off their skills and express themselves. In the wild, singing helps them communicate with each other. They use singing to claim or defend territory as part of their mating rituals.
While many animals have a larynx, birds, in general, are unique in the animal kingdom because they have a vocal organ called a syrinx. It’s located in their chest below the larynx, allowing them to make sounds with different pitches and tones. This creates the beautiful variety of bird songs you hear in nature!
Parrots use their syrinx to imitate words and, sometimes, sing along with the radio or their musically talented owners. It’s fun to see the connection between a person and their parrot. People who have never had a bird as a pet might not imagine what a complex relationship you can develop.
In this video, the lovely Chloe Alexander plays her ukulele and sings “Creep” by Radiohead. Her parrot chats and harmonizes along.
Some parrots sing along with the words and melody when they hear a song they enjoy. Chloe’s parrot freestyles with her as she sings, adding an almost jazzy dimension and occasional hilarity to the song.
If you enjoy Radiohead’s “Creep,” you’ll probably get a kick out of this cover. The parrot’s unique harmony offsets Chloe’s melodic voice. It’s a touching cover of a timeless song.
Parrots have been around for more than 50 million years, which means they’ve had plenty of time to develop complex communication skills. These incredible birds can learn new tricks by mimicking the sounds of their owners and even picking up on accents from different parts of the country.
They can also be taught how to dance or play music on instruments like keyboards and drums, all while showing off their beautiful feathers! If your parrot loves singing along with a particular song, don’t be surprised. It means you’ve found a tune that really speaks to them.
If you can catch them singing on video, they might just be the next internet sensation! Here is Chloe and her cute green parrot as they sing “Creep” by Radiohead together.
The photo featured at the top of this post is © Ben Schonewille/Shutterstock.com
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