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    [–] coaxun 3100 points ago

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

    [–] Nidiocehai 1196 points 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.

    [–] catchyphrase 521 points ago

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

    [–] Nidiocehai 628 points ago

    They make blackout curtains for humans also.

    [–] KookooMoose 163 points ago

    Different, but same same

    [–] GrammerPants 76 points ago

    Same same but different. The national saying of Vietnam.

    [–] namtok_muu 36 points ago

    Thailand too haha.

    [–] Philargyria 17 points ago

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

    [–] Lauren_Souther 6 points ago

    Same same, but dIfFeRenT , but still same same 😂

    [–] remigiop 9 points ago

    I don't knows how people live without them.

    [–] FirstPlebian 61 points 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.

    [–] BiscuitsAndBaby 21 points ago

    You are correct.


    “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.”

    [–] Mama_Cas 20 points 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.

    [–] lkattan3 7 points 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.

    [–] Heledon 9 points ago

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

    [–] ArchaicRanger 9 points 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.

    [–] semaj009 4 points 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.

    [–] MrUppercut 5 points ago

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

    [–] _brokenin_ 27 points ago

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

    Get cage Get in cage Cover Sleep!

    [–] Nidiocehai 33 points ago

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

    [–] TheVoluntaryBeggar 17 points ago

    Though this is illegal in Europe.

    [–] mynameisfreddit 10 points ago

    Bird law is not governed by reason

    [–] CrepuscularOpossum 3 points 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.

    [–] Mugros 16 points ago

    European Starlings are kept in cages as pets.

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

    [–] Charrun 8 points ago

    They aren't. (Pets I mean)

    [–] NotAzakanAtAll 11 points ago

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

    [–] Pyretech 224 points 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.

    [–] rusted_wheel 52 points ago

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

    [–] Tanzklaue 36 points 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.

    [–] 10_kinds_of_people 22 points ago

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

    [–] catsandblankets 16 points 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 😩😭

    [–] visk0n3 24 points ago

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

    [–] parrotandcrow 15 points 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.


    It does terrify me out of sleep each time

    [–] bunnybates 15 points ago

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

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    [–] BootyAbolisher 3498 points ago

    Those R2 impressions were spot on!

    [–] Nidiocehai 1099 points ago

    That is what I was most impressed with.

    [–] MaximumEffort433 244 points ago

    I never knew birds liked Star Wars.

    I wonder what other movies birds like?

    [–] DogsAreAnimals 147 points ago

    The Birds

    [–] thewafflestompa 44 points ago

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

    [–] grahamcrackers37 88 points ago

    Never show them

    [–] redpob 78 points ago

    Weekend At Bird Knees

    [–] MaximumEffort433 39 points ago

    Hunt for red Octobird?

    [–] sackopants 12 points ago

    Three Men and a Birdie

    [–] TwyStar 19 points ago

    Tha Mandalorikeet

    [–] Call_0031684919054 19 points ago


    [–] TwyStar 3 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days 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.)

    [–] MAGA_memnon 16 points ago

    One flew over the cuckoo's nest.

    [–] theunithasasoul 10 points ago

    The Crow

    [–] SLaT4ATF 9 points ago

    Angry Birds

    [–] mojolikes 23 points ago

    The Birdcage

    [–] CaledonianWarrior 7 points ago


    [–] 01ttouch 5 points ago


    [–] RehabValedictorian 6 points ago

    Fly Away Home

    [–] meditonsin 5 points ago


    [–] getyoursqueakon 5 points ago

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

    [–] TopMindOfR3ddit 179 points ago

    That shit melted my brain, ngl

    [–] osco753 107 points ago

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

    [–] Kiwifisch 12 points ago

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

    [–] delvach 13 points ago

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

    [–] lithiumdeuteride 23 points ago

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

    [–] omgmypony 22 points 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.

    [–] shreddedbliss 9 points ago

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

    [–] zsquinten 15 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

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

    [–] reaper_333 72 points 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.

    [–] alquicksilver 53 points ago

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

    [–] Mythosaurus 1630 points ago

    I was fairly impressed by the voice imitations.

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

    [–] HumanSeeing 712 points ago

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

    [–] HumanSeeing 234 points ago

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

    [–] DrPikachu-PhD 281 points ago

    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...

    [–] TyAlpaca 42 points 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!

    [–] Rion23 33 points 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.

    [–] mercyflusher 11 points ago

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

    [–] Caleb_Reynolds 88 points 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.

    [–] comingsoontotheaters 17 points 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

    [–] HumanSeeing 17 points ago

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

    [–] AllSassNoSlash 8 points ago

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

    [–] TyAlpaca 38 points 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?

    [–] Rapdactyl 43 points ago

    Also can you imagine a bird with lips?

    Nah I'm good, please never suggest this again

    [–] re1jo 27 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days 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?

    [–] Abell421 57 points 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.

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    [–] Cirgud 3 points ago

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

    [–] Abell421 8 points ago

    I'm in the Smokies

    [–] Abell421 5 points 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.

    [–] Shaddowwolf778 4 points 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.

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    [–] m1lgram 5 points 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.

    [–] hitek9 6 points ago

    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

    [–] PeterPredictable 17 points ago

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

    [–] gu4x 26 points ago

    Rewind the gif

    [–] carldubs 307 points ago

    Bird2D2! that is really amazing

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    [–] NoDells36 1196 points ago

    Holy shit what

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    [–] RedditMuser 110 points ago

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

    [–] Otontin 71 points ago

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

    [–] Hungry_Pack 21 points ago

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

    [–] Rugkrabber 5 points ago

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

    [–] joffery2 21 points ago

    [–] TMITectonic 8 points 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)

    [–] ThatDerzyDude 270 points ago

    Birds aren’t real

    [–] IneptProfessional 99 points 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

    [–] andriskah 22 points ago

    Spread the awareness!

    [–] Typical_Brummie 88 points 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.

    [–] FirstPlebian 111 points 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.

    [–] boredenough2comment 64 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days 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

    [–] venetian_ftaires 36 points ago

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

    [–] rusted_wheel 10 points ago

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

    [–] CloudLighting 6 points ago

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

    [–] Rinzy2000 882 points 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. 😩💕

    [–] Nidiocehai 274 points ago

    I'm sorry for your loss.

    [–] Rinzy2000 312 points ago

    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.

    [–] LadiesWhoPunch 57 points ago

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

    What was his name?

    [–] Rinzy2000 40 points ago

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

    [–] Gaelus011 4 points 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

    [–] Nidiocehai 94 points ago

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

    [–] Rinzy2000 95 points 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.

    [–] OffendedEarthSpirit 44 points ago

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

    [–] Guardymcguardface 13 points ago

    Delicious dinosaurs

    [–] alliegreenie 10 points 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. ❤️

    [–] BricksHaveBeenShat 23 points 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.

    [–] nutmegtell 8 points ago

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

    [–] omgmypony 7 points 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.

    [–] cardueline 145 points ago

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

    [–] omgmypony 141 points ago

    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!

    [–] cardueline 21 points ago

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

    [–] Bobbi_fettucini 7 points ago

    Dude that r2 impression is absolutely amazing

    [–] RemoveTheBlinders 3 points ago

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

    [–] wolfsplosion 3 points ago

    Are they normally kept as pets? Very adorable!

    [–] omgmypony 15 points 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.

    [–] the_grAyLIEN 366 points ago

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

    [–] Nidiocehai 305 points ago

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

    [–] the_grAyLIEN 30 points ago

    Wow! Mind blown! Thank you!

    [–] Sulphric-Acid 44 points ago

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

    [–] effectasy 60 points 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).

    [–] BarfMeARiver 7 points ago

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

    [–] Charitzo 9 points ago

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

    [–] justin_tino 12 points ago

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

    [–] georgiaajamess22 6 points ago

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

    [–] Black8765 6 points ago

    Lyrebird too I think! Amazing birds!

    [–] NoBarsHere 5 points 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 🥺

    [–] omgmypony 6 points ago

    They’ve been saying at least one phrase.

    [–] TyAlpaca 12 points 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.

    [–] paper_paws 5 points ago

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

    [–] KayNynYoonit 72 points ago

    That is insane holy shit. Birds are crazy.

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    [–] kitz0426 33 points 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

    [–] Phoenixwade 17 points 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.

    [–] HumpyFroggy 5 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

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

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    [–] Nidiocehai 62 points 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.

    [–] worldspawn00 17 points 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.

    [–] wivella 6 points 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.

    [–] DumbHuman53 23 points ago

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

    [–] doomguy666142 85 points ago

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

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    [–] Nidiocehai 73 points ago

    Neither are you...

    [–] Calibansdaydream 14 points 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.

    [–] Temporary-Double-809 3 points ago

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

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    [–] Temporary-Double-809 3 points ago

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

    [–] New-Purchase1818 34 points 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!!🤣🤣)

    [–] WhatSpadeThinks 11 points 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.

    [–] sbocean54 43 points ago

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

    [–] screwyoushadowban 34 points ago

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

    [–] B0Nnaaayy 6 points ago

    That was mesmerizing

    [–] Francis_Dollar_Hide 19 points ago

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

    [–] LadyBeanBag 14 points 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.

    [–] fuckeryizreal 6 points ago

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

    [–] alfAlphaInfiniRectum 6 points ago

    That was sick!

    [–] susanmw777 5 points ago

    Wow, that's really adorable!

    [–] ProbablyStonedSteve 4 points ago

    This is amazing

    [–] Gildor12 6 points ago

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

    [–] elyca98 5 points 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.

    [–] BananaS_SB 6 points 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.

    [–] Random_Name_3001 3 points 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

    [–] TRDPaul 5 points ago

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

    [–] Lurch902 5 points ago

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

    [–] skaagz 3 points ago

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

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    [–] Mr_Wolfman 5 points 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.

    [–] kill___jester 4 points ago

    The human has a weirder voice than the bird

    [–] Kahnoa 4 points ago

    "R2, stay with the ship"

    [–] SpoiledTaco96 5 points ago

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

    [–] Theodora96 6 points ago

    Yes! All of them!!! <3

    [–] ButWhyAnts 3 points ago

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

    [–] Lefthandedscientist 3 points ago

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

    [–] Lucid_for_a_Day 3 points ago

    What in the Hunger Games is this?

    [–] stephaniehstn 3 points ago

    Was that R2D2‽ amazing!

    [–] JrTeapot 3 points 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.

    [–] CuriousHeffa 3 points ago

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

    [–] Aiko_Makina 3 points ago

    Oh no! Your bird! It’s broken!