This Funny Cockatoo Is Fascinated By The Echo Of Its Own Voice
May 19, 2015
This video shows Harley, a white cockatoo, screeching repeatedly into a cup. Harley probably likes the echo, since other users on Reddit report their birds being similarly fascinated with altering the acoustic properties of their voices. Cockatoos have been shown to be extremely intelligent and capable of solving complex puzzles, so you best believe this bird is experimenting deliberately, not just randomly.
Cockatoos and cockatiels (which are related to the cockatoo) are part of the parrot family. Unlike regular parrots, these birds are slightly less renowned for their ability to "speak" by mimicking humans, though they are still capable of doing so in a somewhat limited capacity. Some species of cockatoo have been known to live for up to 70 years or more (there are unconfirmed reports of some living to 100). Thanks to their distinctive plumage, playful personalities and longevity, they have become very popular pets.