Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Please welcome to the Ranger Rick stage… J Bird!

If you visit our Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari exhibit this summer, you might hear a meowing kitten or even a growling tiger. The Aquarium hasn’t opened a cat exhibit, it’s the delightful vocalizations of the newest animal star in Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari - J Bird, an African Grey Parrot. J Bird is really good at sound effects. Aside from cat sounds, he can also mimic a babbling brook, an alarm and more.

In the wild, the African Grey Parrot is found in the rainforests of west and central Africa. Experts identify it as one of the most intelligent birds in the world. It can copy the calls and sounds of other birds and animals around it.

In human care, African Greys have been known to mimic household and electronic sounds including microwaves, alarm clocks and video games. They also have the ability to mimic and distinguish between different human voices.

Check out the video below of J Bird showing off his sound effect skills:


Robert F. Crocker said...
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Robert F. Crocker said...

Yes, it is so much fun to share the world through their eyes. They remind us how amazing things are (that we sometimes forget)fish tank maintenance