Wake up!

This should get your juices flowing even faster than a latte with a double shot (my favorite morning tipple). It’s a parrot singing Russian songs in a Russian shower—a duet with its owner. The bird shows amazing musical talent, and perhaps a reader who knows Russian can fill us in on the songs. And perhaps a parrot lover can identify the species.

The bird even applauds its own performance with “Bravo! Bravo!”

UPDATE: Reader Michael has named the three Russian songs sung by the bird in comment #2 below, with links to the originals. Do compare the bird’s performance with these, especially the third (“Red Hat’s Song”, starting about 28 seconds in that video). Remarkable!

h/t: P.

17 Comments

  1. Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    I’m up…that’s amazing!!!! I hope a Russian speaker will tell us if those were real, well-formed words, but it’s remarkable in any case!

  2. Michael Fisher
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    Lovely! There’s around a dozen uploaders of this on Youtube
    THIS ONE appears to be the oldest & gives this information:-

    From 0:05 to 1:05 the parrot is singing the song “Беловежская пуща” (Belovezha Forest).
    Original for comparison – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IXjLrUcXTE

    From 1:12 to 1:40 the parrot is singing “Птица счастья” (Fortune Bird).
    Original for comparison – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlQiDbgqijs

    From 1:42 till the end – “Песня Красной Шапочки” (Red Hat’s Song)
    Original for comparison – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSDuvjMjEaQ

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:47 am | Permalink

      I’ve replaced the original video with the one you linked to, as it had a larger picture. Thanks for the information!

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:48 am | Permalink

      The version I’ve linked to is cropped top & bottom so it can’t be the absolutely original video upload

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:50 am | Permalink

        our comments crossed there :) It would be nice to identify the person who captured this moment, but that’s a big ask on Youtube

  3. Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    It appears to be a yellow-naped Amazon parrot. And I can assure you that the bird should be speaking Russian (or any other language) just like the song because parrots–particularly the bigger ones like Amazons & African Greys–mimic *exactly* what they hear.

    –Lance (former African Grey owner)

  4. Hempenstein
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    There appears to be water running down his back. Does he only sing in the shower?

    • BillyJoe
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

      His taking a shower with his mistress.

  5. Brett
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    It is most definitely an Amazon parrot. Most likely a yellow-naped Amazon.

  6. Posted January 27, 2013 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    I loved this and shared it on Facebook. I can’t believe it only has 1000 hits!

  7. mordacious1
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    My conure, who tend not to be good speakers, has learned to imitate one of my cats. The cat has a particular meow when he wants out. The bird can also imitate my wife’s laugh, so when I drop whatever I’m doing to let the cat out (who is happily sleeping on a dining room chair), I hear “Hah, hah, hah” from behind me.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      hah hah hah [so to speak]

      Conure means parakeet right?
      Does your parrot pull this trick on just you?
      If the cat’s outdoors does the parrot not pull the trick?
      Do you think the parrot is planning this or is it a programmed series of [woof woof] behavioural moves?

      [Free will comments unwelcome :( ]

      • mordacious1
        Posted January 27, 2013 at 10:49 am | Permalink

        Michael, the first few times he did it the wife was home and laughed, so Beydo just added that to his routine. Depending on what expert you read, conures are either small parrots or large parakeets (I prefer small parrots because I’ve owned both and their behavior mostly resembles parrots).

  8. SA Gould
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    My favorite is Delbert, the yellow-naped Amazon. (It helps if you’ve seen/heard Bad Boys by Inner Circle.) I think he substituted “Bad BIRDS” for “Bad boys” on his own…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5kh6oWGWtg

  9. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Amazing virtuoso performance! I notice the bird is also getting wet – obviously he(?) doesn’t mind taking a shower.

    • BillyJoe
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

      Well, his mistress is taking the shower and he is getting collateral damage. He must think its worth it

  10. Louis
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Here are some more amazing parrots, these sing in Spanish in a duo, one starts part of the song and the other one finishes it.

    The way these birds sign is very clear, I was bown away. Watch their other videos in the same channel.


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