r/AnimalsBeingBros 12d ago Bravo! 2 Doot 🎵 Doot 1 Woah Dude 1 Take My Energy 2 Gold 1 Helpful 21 Wholesome 30 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Tree Hug 1 Super Heart Eyes 1 Silver 32

European Stirling imitating human and robot bros.

Enable HLS to view with audio, or disable this notification

39.9k Upvotes

3.1k

u/coaxun 12d ago

Thats very cool. But, just imagine, in the dead of night, “whos my sweet angel”

1.2k

u/Nidiocehai 12d ago

European Starlings are kept in cages as pets. When you keep it in a cage with a cover on it, it will go to sleep.

532

u/catchyphrase 12d ago

Maybe that’s what I need to get some sleep..

636

u/Nidiocehai 12d ago

They make blackout curtains for humans also.

163

u/KookooMoose 12d ago

Different, but same same

75

u/GrammerPants 12d ago

Same same but different. The national saying of Vietnam.

34

u/namtok_muu 12d ago

Thailand too haha.

16

u/Philargyria 12d ago

Also a very common saying in American sign language as the sign is easy to display and makes correlating two thoughts much easier.

→ More replies

7

u/Lauren_Souther 12d ago

Same same, but dIfFeRenT , but still same same 😂

9

u/remigiop 12d ago

I don't knows how people live without them.

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

61

u/FirstPlebian 12d ago

It is Starlings then and not "Stirlings" as the title said?

Aren't there European Starlings all across North America now? I believe they fly in huge flocks, many don't like them as they aren't native, but I don't recall seeing any since I moved to the upper midwest.

21

u/BiscuitsAndBaby 12d ago

You are correct.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/European_Starling/overview

Neat.

“Because of their recent arrival in North America, all of our starlings are closely related. Genetically, individuals from Virginia are nearly indistinguishable from starlings sampled in California, 3,000 miles away. Such little genetic variation often spells trouble for rare species, but seems to offer no ill effects to starlings so far.”

20

u/Mama_Cas 12d ago

Fun fact/mythology: Eugene Schieffelin is often credited with introducing starlings because he thought that North America would benefit from seeing birds that were mentioned in Shakespeare's plays. It's not entirely known how true this is, but I think it's wild to imagine one man causing this, and for no other reason than he wanted the outside to be fancy.

8

u/lkattan3 12d ago

I like this man. We need more of this man. Not the introducing species to new lands part but the making the outside fancy part.

10

u/Heledon 12d ago

Yep, European Starlings are everywhere, and they are non native. Also, the reason they were introduced is.....remarkabely stupid.

9

u/ArchaicRanger 11d ago

The worst part is how invasive they are, they wait for other birds to make a nest then kicks out the eggs and baby birds to lay their own. (source: have a large multi bird birdhouse out back that I've watched them kick eggs and baby birds out of) its been pretty detrimental to the local bird populations.

4

u/semaj009 11d ago

Like when the British brought foxes to Australia to hunt, and then seemingly just decided against making any effort to foster fox hunting as a sport. Now Australia is losing species hand over fist, with foxes playing a big part in it. Oh, and they brought us Starlings too of course.

4

u/MrUppercut 11d ago

This happened with European people a long time ago here in North America as well.

→ More replies

25

u/_brokenin_ 12d ago

Well, damn. I've been doing sleep wrong this whole time.

Get cage Get in cage Cover Sleep!

32

u/Nidiocehai 12d ago

Buy yourself a faraday cage and then cover it in blackout curtains.

→ More replies

18

u/TheVoluntaryBeggar 12d ago

Though this is illegal in Europe.

8

u/mynameisfreddit 12d ago

Bird law is not governed by reason

3

u/CrepuscularOpossum 12d ago

Except it is. Keeping European Starlings in captivity in Europe is illegal because the starlings are native to Europe. Just like keeping native American songbirds in captivity in America is illegal (without a permit). The logic is protecting native species.

European starlings are now one of the most numerous songbirds in North America, and they have significant negative impacts on native North American songbirds. But in Europe, their numbers are declining.

→ More replies

15

u/Mugros 12d ago

European Starlings are kept in cages as pets.

TIL. It was just a regular wild bird to me.

7

u/Charrun 12d ago

They aren't. (Pets I mean)

→ More replies

11

u/NotAzakanAtAll 12d ago

I see them outside my window. They are not cool like this one though.

→ More replies

227

u/Pyretech 12d ago

My dad has a mealy parrot and he wanted to teach it “help, they’ve turned me into a bird”. We also had my stepmom’s cousin and her four-year old son living with us for a few months. The son was a mommy’s boy who would go ballistic if his mom wasn’t in the room with him, crying and screaming “mommy come here”.

The bird learned a few words from this and also how to cry like a child. The bird also lived in my office area where I would play games late into the night. One night around 3 AM, the bird starts going “hi hello hi hello hi hi hi hello HELP ME MOMMY *cries* *laughs* *screams*”

I about shit my pants.

57

u/rusted_wheel 12d ago

If you were on your headset, just imagine how scary it was for the gamers that heard your parrot.

37

u/Tanzklaue 12d ago

i believe that this is a good point in your life to introduce you to the fact that parrots are known to mess with all sorts of animals for entertainment.

23

u/10_kinds_of_people 12d ago

My aunt's parrot used to meow at the cats and then laugh at them.

16

u/catsandblankets 12d ago

My niece was a living tantrum terror for like 3 years and my dad’s parrot picked up everything. The screaming, the crying, the yelling 😩😭

→ More replies

22

u/visk0n3 12d ago

Imagine one morning he says "shh don't wake him up" but you never taught him that.

16

u/parrotandcrow 12d ago

I have, among other birds, an umbrella cockatoo. His only human word is 'hello' but he says this in many tones and with various inflexions.

I am occasionally woken up at say 3 am by hearing a long, drawn out wail, in a baby voice.

.'Hellllloooooo'

It does terrify me out of sleep each time

18

u/bunnybates 12d ago

RIGHT!! 😳. Imaging someone breaking in, like where did that come from??

→ More replies

3.5k

u/BootyAbolisher 12d ago Wholesome This

Those R2 impressions were spot on!

1.1k

u/Nidiocehai 12d ago

That is what I was most impressed with.

252

u/MaximumEffort433 12d ago

I never knew birds liked Star Wars.

I wonder what other movies birds like?

148

u/DogsAreAnimals 12d ago

The Birds

48

u/thewafflestompa 12d ago

You want a bird uprising? Because that's how you get a bird uprising.

→ More replies

91

u/grahamcrackers37 12d ago Silver hehehehe

Never show them

→ More replies

80

u/redpob 12d ago

Weekend At Bird Knees

39

u/MaximumEffort433 12d ago

Hunt for red Octobird?

12

u/sackopants 12d ago

Three Men and a Birdie

→ More replies
→ More replies

18

u/Call_0031684919054 12d ago

Birdbox

3

u/TwyStar 12d ago edited 12d ago

Nuuuu, the poor birds die in that movie. (From what I can remember. If they didn't they unfortunately, biologically, should have because of the plunge in the cold river.)

→ More replies

18

u/TwyStar 12d ago

Tha Mandalorikeet

16

u/MAGA_memnon 12d ago

One flew over the cuckoo's nest.

→ More replies

8

u/SLaT4ATF 12d ago

Angry Birds

22

u/mojolikes 12d ago

The Birdcage

7

u/01ttouch 12d ago

Birdman

7

u/RehabValedictorian 12d ago

Fly Away Home

6

u/meditonsin 12d ago

Birdemic

5

u/getyoursqueakon 12d ago

I dunno about birds but my dog really loves Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

175

u/TopMindOfR3ddit 12d ago

That shit melted my brain, ngl

→ More replies

105

u/osco753 12d ago

If they don’t put this bird in the next sequels I’m gonna be highly disappointed

11

u/Kiwifisch 12d ago

They already did. Who do you think made the noises from inside R2?

→ More replies

12

u/delvach 12d ago

cut scene from bird making wookie noises to roasting on a spit

→ More replies

23

u/lithiumdeuteride 12d ago

Struggled a bit with the Queen of the Night aria, though.

23

u/omgmypony 12d ago

It’s right at the upper limit of length in terms of what he’s able to memorize in one go… that’s about the best he’s gonna be able to do on that one.

9

u/shreddedbliss 12d ago

I was impressed he seemed to think about it so long and still do alright with the attempt.

→ More replies

15

u/zsquinten 12d ago edited 12d ago

If she can get him to do Darth Vader I'll be crossing myself and praying for the Jesus.

71

u/reaper_333 12d ago

That was a robot, imitating humans. That particular sentence about being the angel bird seemed to have crashed it's system. Hence, the noises. Jokes apart, that is one hell of a bird.

51

u/alquicksilver 12d ago

First time in my life I thought "well, maybe it's true that r/birdsarentreal."

→ More replies
→ More replies

1.6k

u/Mythosaurus 12d ago

I was fairly impressed by the voice imitations.

But I had to rewind the gif to hear the R2 impressions again!

728

u/HumanSeeing 12d ago Helpful Wholesome Seal of Approval

"fairly impressed" ITS A GOD DAMN BIRD!!!!

237

u/HumanSeeing 12d ago

It has like zero evolutionary advantage to produce anything that resembles human like speech.

286

u/DrPikachu-PhD 12d ago Wholesome

I, too, am losing my fucking mind over the fact this bird evolved to be able to make those sounds. :D

Maybe it's secretly an apex predator, luring humans into the forest with mimicry before swarming and pecking them to death as a group. There are plenty of people that go missing every year...

39

u/TyAlpaca 12d ago

Actually it's thought that all birds are capable of mimicry because baby birds utilize social vocalizations and mimicry to communicate with their parents!

35

u/Rion23 12d ago

No one listen to this man, he's being paid off by Big Bird to throw you off the trail. Birds aren't real, this was a software malfunction.

10

u/mercyflusher 12d ago

Normally, I'd be inclined to call bullshit, but that bird DID just make robot sounds...

→ More replies

89

u/Caleb_Reynolds 12d ago

Unbelievable. Even after hearing the drone make robot noises, people would rather believe in crazy conspiracy theories than accept the fact that birds aren't real.

15

u/comingsoontotheaters 12d ago

It’s crazy the government propaganda people just will believe. Clearly birds are not real and all attempts like these to humanize them are met with the bird showing their robotic nature

→ More replies

16

u/HumanSeeing 12d ago

I support this hypothesis, but i think further studies need to be made :D

8

u/AllSassNoSlash 12d ago

I think its because dinosaurs could talk and not all of them forgot when they became birds.

→ More replies

34

u/TyAlpaca 12d ago

It's really just a happy accident that birds both naturally have the anatomy to reproduce some human sounds and the fact that social vocalization and vocal mimicry is a huge part of being a bird.

Birds actually use their throat muscles and membranes because they don't have vocal chords. They can make a lot of different sounds but they are limited due to anatomy like ya know not having lips.

Also can you imagine a bird with lips?

39

u/Rapdactyl 12d ago Wholesome

Also can you imagine a bird with lips?

Nah I'm good, please never suggest this again

→ More replies

27

u/re1jo 12d ago edited 12d ago

But that's not what evolution has done. It can just mimic a shitton of things, probably to frighten away predators with sounds of other predators?

57

u/Abell421 12d ago

We have a ton of Mockingbirds where I live (state bird). They can sound like anything. Fire engine, car alarm. But they are best at sounding like other birds. They can sound just like a hawk or eagle (I can only tell the difference because raptor's cries are a bit more powerful). I have one that lives near me that has learned to stand on my porch in the morning and sound like a baby chicken so that I'll throw some food out thinking it's my chicks wanting breakfast.

11

u/[deleted] 12d ago

[deleted]

5

u/Cirgud 12d ago

I used to see them all the time in TN. They're very interesting.

8

u/Abell421 12d ago

I'm in the Smokies

→ More replies

3

u/Abell421 12d ago

I live in the Foothills of the Smokies in TN. Some of our politics are backwards (we do have free 2 years of college, no state income tax, and some great domestic violence laws and programs but we also have pretty much NO gun restrictions and people want the bible to be the state book) BUT God Damn is it beautiful.

5

u/Shaddowwolf778 12d ago

Aaaayye you started talking about mockingbirds and i hoped you were from TN haha. Im also in TN in the smokies and oh boy the mockingbirds are menaces. We have one in the neighborhood we just bought a house in who mimics the noises of the cars and tools at the small garage a neighbor runs to revamp old vintage cars. Its crazy to be in my sunroom turned office and hear the roar of a mustang right behind me just to look out the window and it be a damn mockingbird. Crows here are also menaces sometimes too but i love the crows.

Before my call center went work from home, we had a park with a large duck pond people would feed the ducks at. One of the crows in the murder in that area learned that if he ran up to people with fast food quacking like the ducks, usually the people would laugh and feed him. I just feed crows everywhere i go so he quickly became one of my favorites to feed.

→ More replies

3

u/JagerBaBomb 12d ago

Yeah!

Yeah.

Yeah!

→ More replies
→ More replies

5

u/m1lgram 12d ago

The point is that it has some evolutionary advantage to reproduce sounds that hears, period. Humans are a part of nature, and a lot of the sounds we produce overlap with sounds of other species to a certain degree.

→ More replies

5

u/hitek9 12d ago

https://youtu.be/bINxXgTT68I

Just like the opening scene in the tom and Jerry movie where it's uncovered tom isn't a blind musician some one says "he's a fraud! He's a regular cat playing the piano."

I laughed so hard my family looked at me funny

→ More replies

17

u/PeterPredictable 12d ago

Just remember to rewind it all the way back when it's my turn.

→ More replies
→ More replies

310

u/carldubs 12d ago

Bird2D2! that is really amazing

1.2k

u/NoDells36 12d ago

Holy shit what

405

u/[deleted] 12d ago

[removed] — view removed comment

109

u/RedditMuser 12d ago

Dude that Star Wars robot shit.. no way. Mail me this bird.

135

u/GarbageBath 12d ago edited 12d ago

73

u/Otontin 12d ago

WTF, that workers chainsaw noise was spot on and depressing. Thanks for sharing!

22

u/Hungry_Pack 12d ago

That's just awesome. Little guy did the chainsaw sound perfectly.

4

u/Rugkrabber 12d ago

It never gets old. Stuff like this made me interested in nature as a kid. It’s amazing.

→ More replies
→ More replies

8

u/TMITectonic 12d ago

i want to swear on my soul that it's fake

You ever seen the Lyre Bird from BBC Earth? (skip to 1:55 for more soul searching)

→ More replies

275

u/ThatDerzyDude 12d ago

Birds aren’t real

100

u/IneptProfessional 12d ago

Proof of the conspiracy right in this video - it momentarily bugs and doesn't process human-noise and produces it's robot language. WAKE UP SHEEPLE

→ More replies

23

u/andriskah 12d ago

Spread the awareness!

→ More replies

91

u/Typical_Brummie 12d ago

Starlings are incredible, and annoying. Iirc they mimic other birds to impress mates or something equally as horny. They also mimic car alarms, ringtones and other human noises because they’re dumb birds.

114

u/FirstPlebian 12d ago

Why is it dumb, they like to hear themselves talk, why shouldn't they mimic any sound they want, that doesn't make them dumb.

66

u/boredenough2comment 12d ago edited 12d ago

It's quite common in songbirds. More complex songs and a larger repertoire are sexual selectors. Copying the sounds of other birds and animals helps them impress females, like a guy at a party playing acoustic covers of popular songs.

Edit worth noting that songbirds often have dual vocal chords which is why they can make such a complex, diverse range of sounds.

And as always, if you haven't yet, watch this video on the lyrebird

https://youtu.be/mSB71jNq-yQ

37

u/venetian_ftaires 12d ago

If I ever hear a starling singing Wonderwall I'm outta there.

10

u/rusted_wheel 12d ago

Hey. Wanna hear me play? I've a guitar in my dorm.

→ More replies
→ More replies

6

u/CloudLighting 12d ago

Replace starlings and birds with humans and it is equally true.

→ More replies
→ More replies

896

u/Rinzy2000 12d ago

I had a European Starling for 13 years. I miss my boy. His favorite thing to say was “Mommy’s good good baby baby boy” with kissy noises. 😩💕

277

u/Nidiocehai 12d ago

I'm sorry for your loss.

313

u/Rinzy2000 12d ago Wholesome Tearing Up

Thank you. It’s honestly really nice to see another boy thriving. When I met my son, he and two other baby starlings had been pushed from a nest (of another type of bird), that was in my parents’ gutter. I found him in the driveway and nearly ran over him when I pulled in. The other two didn’t make it very long, because of the fall. I called animal control and they told me they euthanized starlings because they were “nuisance birds.” I had him on a heating pad in a homemade nest and fed him every three hours with a baby starling food mixture I found online. I thought about releasing him, but I did as much research as I could (this was back in 2006) and realized that at that point he had fully imprinted. He was my son. He was the best little boy. A VERY picky eater, which I think contributed to why he didn’t live longer. He could’ve lived on mealworms and bananas and threw most everything else I tried feeding him onto my wall. But I have to say, when he passed, he did it in his absolute favorite way. He used to LOVE his baths. He would splash around and sing in his baths. Usually his baths took place in his water bowl, despite my protest. But I also left him a shallow dish at the bottom of his cage. And when I found him, right after he passed, he was laying next to his small bath. It broke my heart, but I’m so much better for having had him in my life.

54

u/LadiesWhoPunch 12d ago

I am touched by the love and care you had for your little one.

What was his name?

38

u/Rinzy2000 12d ago

Funny story. His name was Birdmus V. It came from a weird spam email that my friend got right before I found him.

3

u/Gaelus011 12d ago

Woah that’s actually an awesome name. If someone i know gets a bird i know what name i’m going to be suggesting

92

u/Nidiocehai 12d ago

Fussy eating birds are sometimes the funniest things in the world.

95

u/Rinzy2000 12d ago

The messed up thing was, at the end of his life, one of the only things he would eat, other than mealworms and bananas, and occasionally crickets, was chicken. I felt sort of guilty feeding it to him, but I was desperate and all the online boards said they fed their starlings basically what they ate.

40

u/OffendedEarthSpirit 12d ago

Man don't feel guilty even chickens will eat chicken and eggs. Birds are savages

12

u/alliegreenie 12d ago

Do you eat beef? It’s as similar to us as mammals as chicken was to your starling. Please don’t feel guilty, it sounds like you did an amazing job by your little man and gave him a good life. Im so sorry for your loss and hope you continue to find joy in birds. ❤️

→ More replies

22

u/BricksHaveBeenShat 12d ago

What a beautiful story, not everyone would take the challenge of raising a baby bird. It takes so much love and kindness to do something like that, you were an angel to him.

We keep a lot of baths and fruits around our front and backyard, so we get a lot of birds coming over. There's a family of southern lapwings, I can’t help but be extremely anxious when they have babies since they are extremely tiny and already walking around everywhere. Sometimes they fall in the gutter, though all but once we were able to help them. The last few months have been tough for them, there are houses being built where they used to have their nest and no babies have survived for the first time since I moved here. I remember one time they managed to get three babies to reach adulthood, I loved watching them come to our house together to bathe.

But my favorites are a couple of guans. If they are around and I open the front door with bananas and papaya they come running to me. Sometimes they will come up to the back door and peck at the glass until someone comes to feed them. Last year they had two babies, but they always leave once they mature. The male was showing up alone after that, so I assumed they were preparing a nest, but they never showed up. The last time I saw them was on halloween, but this time both the male and female were together. It makes me sick to think of what might have happened, though I still hope they will return.

I know it’s stupid but I wish life could be like a Disney movie sometimes, so I could speak to them and help them more. To offer them shelter from predators or tell them to not to too far. I get so attached to them.

→ More replies

7

u/nutmegtell 12d ago

Have you read Arnie the Darling Starling? Such a sweet book. I had no idea wild birds could mimic so well.

6

u/omgmypony 12d ago

13-16 years is average for a starling in captivity so I’d say you did ok. There was one starling I heard of that lived to 32 but that’s definitely above average.

→ More replies

147

u/cardueline 12d ago

This is Jabber and he belongs to u/omgmypony :) He’s getting around on reddit today!

147

u/omgmypony 12d ago Wholesome Hugz

Yeah Jab Jab is making the rounds again… it’s always funny to read people commenting that it must be fake when he’s behind me in his cage singing his greatest hits!

20

u/cardueline 12d ago

Give that little genius a lil scritch (or whatever his preferred form of affection is) for me! :)

→ More replies

5

u/Bobbi_fettucini 12d ago

Dude that r2 impression is absolutely amazing

3

u/RemoveTheBlinders 12d ago

Jabber is so much fun to watch! What a fun little friend you have. I love it.

3

u/wolfsplosion 12d ago

Are they normally kept as pets? Very adorable!

17

u/omgmypony 12d ago

There’s a good number of people who keep them, they’re definitely not as common as other bird species though.

They don’t readily breed in captivity and their nutritional needs are complex (iron sensitive softbills with high protein requirements) so they’re a little harder to acquire and care for then your average pet store bird.

It’s easy enough to find a nestling during breeding season, whether fallen out of a nest or through a wildlife rescue (since they can’t legally be rehabbed for release) and they’re not too difficult to hand raise, but you have to be dedicated to providing them with an appropriate diet. They also go through a real shithead phase after they fledge that you kind of have to ride out… they eventually settle back down but during their teenage phase they can be quite trying.

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

363

u/the_grAyLIEN 12d ago

Starlings can do this?! How did I not know til now?!

304

u/Nidiocehai 12d ago

Starlings are well accomplished mimics and are every bit as competent at talking as any other pet bird.

34

u/the_grAyLIEN 12d ago

Wow! Mind blown! Thank you!

46

u/Sulphric-Acid 12d ago

A lot of birds from the corvid family (such as ravens and magpies) can mimic speech

58

u/effectasy 12d ago

I make this squeaking duck/dolphin noise at birds sometimes. Why? Because I'm weird.

There used to be this one crow every day on my walk from my car to my office that I'd make noises at. One day he made the exact same noise back at me.

Was freaky.

Also growing up we had a crow in our neighborhood that would meow like a cat and bark like a dog sometimes, depending on the animal that was near it (make cat noises to confuse dogs, make dog noises to scare cats).

6

u/BarfMeARiver 12d ago

There's a crow that sits on the cell tower by my house who makes the cell tower "ping" noise.

8

u/Charitzo 12d ago

Iirc the corvid family are meant to be some of the smartest birds going.

→ More replies
→ More replies

12

u/justin_tino 12d ago

And not even just repeating what the woman said, but sounding exactly like the woman’s voice too. That’s insane.

5

u/georgiaajamess22 12d ago

I was hoping someone mentioned this! The bird legit not only can speak but has an accent!!

6

u/Black8765 12d ago

Lyrebird too I think! Amazing birds!

6

u/NoBarsHere 12d ago

You saying my pet chicken could talk to me THIS WHOLE TIME and has simply chosen NOT TO?! I guess we aren't as close as I thought 🥺

5

u/omgmypony 12d ago

https://youtu.be/Kmpk4dYJRNk

They’ve been saying at least one phrase.

→ More replies
→ More replies

12

u/TyAlpaca 12d ago

Scientifically we actually believe all birds can mimic human sounds because they are all anatomically capable of it and they all use social vocalizations and mimicry as babies.

We just associate it mainly with Parrots and sometimes corvids because they are the smartest of the bird family and thus much easier to train to mimic human speech.

4

u/paper_paws 12d ago

Right? I have dozens of these little fuckers terrorise the other birds in my garden, i had no idea they were mimics!

70

u/KayNynYoonit 12d ago

That is insane holy shit. Birds are crazy.

38

u/kitz0426 12d ago

The R2 stuff was good but the last bit amazes me. The lil bird processes the melody, it doesn't remember the whole section and just resolves to improvising, and it's musically sound too. It's crazy

16

u/Phoenixwade 12d ago

I share my life with a number of African Grey Parrots. It's not that they don't remember it. Once they learn anything they remember it. The improvisation is a part of the way they think.

I clicker train my fibs, and my Male CAG (Congo African grey) decide one day that he wanted a treat that another had... so he bounce up to her and clicked at her, she gave him her treat, then he said 'Good bird' and trotted off to eat.

5

u/HumpyFroggy 12d ago edited 11d ago

It seems like you're becoming obsolete, they can train each other now.

→ More replies
→ More replies

145

u/[deleted] 12d ago edited 9d ago Silver

[deleted]

64

u/Nidiocehai 12d ago

In the wild they learn to mimic the most impressive songs in order to impress their mating partner. It would be interesting to hear what those songs were back then.

18

u/worldspawn00 12d ago

I had a mockingbird that lived by my house that imitated the series of car alarm noises every day. Beep beep, wooop wooop, eek eek eek... Particularly liked to do it when I was out mowing the lawn.

7

u/wivella 12d ago

They don't learn "the most impressive" songs (what makes a song impressive to a bird, anyway?) - they just learn whatever they hear in their lifetime. However, the vast majority of a starling's repertoire consists of the songs of other birds, so your typical starling won't sound like the one in this video, at all. The more common sounds associated with humans would be e.g. the cry of a child, the creaking of a door, whistling, the sounds of tools, the sounds of farm animals and so on. Basically the same as today, if you go to the countryside and look for them.

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

25

u/DumbHuman53 12d ago

The human mimic thing still amazes me, but the robot one!!! Whaaaaaat!!!! Fricken hell that awesome!!

90

u/doomguy666142 12d ago

Bro the notification just scared the absolute hell out of me when I got this lol

→ More replies

252

u/Spiderman__jizz 12d ago

BIRDS ARE NOT REAL CONFIRMED

→ More replies

15

u/Calibansdaydream 12d ago

I just had a crazy thought. If birds are descended from dinosaurs, and dinosaurs had a similar vocal structure, there is the possibility of a raptor imitating humans.

3

u/Temporary-Double-809 12d ago

According to an article from National Geographic for Kids (I was reading it to some kids I nannied last summer), birds are dinosaurs.

4

u/[deleted] 12d ago

[deleted]

3

u/Temporary-Double-809 12d ago

It was Nat Geo for Kids. Just a fun thing to say. Especially because I seem to have a fear of chickens.

→ More replies
→ More replies
→ More replies

34

u/New-Purchase1818 12d ago

My husband whistles the queen of the night aria to our dog all the time because she loves it and gives him kisses and wags her tail—such a good choice of music to reference for your little birdie-friend!! (Also, the audio of this clip had my dog SOOOOOOO confused when she recognized the queen of the night!!🤣🤣)

10

u/WhatSpadeThinks 12d ago

What's always impressed me most coming from the perspective of an audio engineer is the incredible detail and timbre matching these birds are capable of. On certain vocalizations you can hear the reverb from the original sound, or with the machine & mechanical sounds like 'tings' & metallic scrapes. It's really quite remarkable.

40

u/sbocean54 12d ago

Darling! So glad you didn’t clip his wings!

34

u/screwyoushadowban 12d ago

This is actually u/omgmypony's starling. His name is Jabber. You can find more pics and videos on their user page.

→ More replies

7

u/B0Nnaaayy 12d ago

That was mesmerizing

18

u/Francis_Dollar_Hide 12d ago

I’m from Northern Europe. These fuckers are total shitbirds.

15

u/LadyBeanBag 12d ago

I’m sat here, in a England, amazed that apparently people keep these arseholes as pets?! They hang around like a group of rowdy track suited teenagers drunk on White Lightening, bullying all others from getting a look in. Like, I use bird feeders that they can’t get at because of the way these buggers behave.

→ More replies
→ More replies

6

u/fuckeryizreal 12d ago

True only thing mine would sing if I had one would be the Office theme song lol

6

u/alfAlphaInfiniRectum 12d ago

That was sick!

6

u/susanmw777 12d ago

Wow, that's really adorable!

3

u/Gildor12 12d ago

A starling caused a football (soccer) match to be abandoned due to it imitating the ref’s whistle

→ More replies

6

u/elyca98 12d ago

The bird’s beak movements don’t correlate to what he’s saying, which means the beak only controls volume, while position and articulation are controled by other inner muscles. Holy fuck that’s creepy.

3

u/BananaS_SB 12d ago

Man these assholes woke me up regularly by imitating a car alarm or a fire alarm. They are seriously cool tho when they don't do that at 6 am.

→ More replies

6

u/Random_Name_3001 12d ago

He/she is like, “shit, I don’t know that one, Jabby angel? wtf you talking about ” default to R2, you are great and smart birb !!!!! Beep boop lol

5

u/TRDPaul 12d ago

That's really damn impressive, even sounds better than parrots

6

u/Lurch902 12d ago

The fuckin R2-D2 sound omg my inner geek came out

4

u/skaagz 12d ago

That is fucking crazy, I am so impressed and slightly terrified

4

u/Mr_Wolfman 12d ago

I was confused once by hearing a cat in a tree in the middle of the woods. It turns out it was one of these.

→ More replies

4

u/kill___jester 12d ago

The human has a weirder voice than the bird

4

u/Kahnoa 12d ago

"R2, stay with the ship"

3

u/SpoiledTaco96 12d ago

are these legal pets?? can we? u/Theodora96

6

u/Theodora96 12d ago

Yes! All of them!!! <3

3

u/ButWhyAnts 12d ago

Damn imagine some velociraptors calling you out if your house imitating your kids

3

u/Lefthandedscientist 12d ago

Omg that R2-D2 impression dropped my jaw right to the floor

3

u/Lucid_for_a_Day 12d ago

What in the Hunger Games is this?

3

u/stephaniehstn 12d ago

Was that R2D2‽ amazing!

3

u/JrTeapot 12d ago

All this talk about what kind of bird it is and stuff, but where does one purchase a European starling? I've looked at the bird breeding websites I know of and nobody carries these little guys.

3

u/CuriousHeffa 12d ago

Is this the...government drone birds they were talking about?

3

u/Aiko_Makina 12d ago

Oh no! Your bird! It’s broken!