What seems to be the problem officer? I am not a crook!
May 10, 2013 10:58 AM   Subscribe

Having a bird who can say "what seems to be the problem officer?" could be very handy in my line of work.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:06 AM on May 10, 2013

Excellent use of the "BirdToYourMother" tag.
posted by fight or flight at 11:24 AM on May 10, 2013 [7 favorites]

Wow, Disco has been hanging around my kids while they play by themselves!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 11:26 AM on May 10, 2013

Also: an important message.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 11:30 AM on May 10, 2013

A parakeet? What is it?
posted by backseatpilot at 11:37 AM on May 10, 2013

When I was a kid we had a parakeet that never did learn to "talk" much despite our best efforts. Having watched this, I now think that may have been a blessing in disguise...
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:18 PM on May 10, 2013

No, Domo Arigato to YOU, Disco.
posted by Brody's chum at 12:46 PM on May 10, 2013

It's really interesting to hear this bird riff on our phonemes and create new contractions as shortcuts ("problem officer" becomes "pr'officer"). I'm sort of amazed that it uses its invented contraction and also the original interchangeably. I wonder if it will eventually prefer its own contraction if not reinforced by its caregivers.

Is this sort of repetition and recombination the natural "playing" of parakeets, albeit with birdsong, in the wild?
posted by gilrain at 1:13 PM on May 10, 2013 [1 favorite]

How does he remember such long strings of sounds?
posted by olya at 1:28 PM on May 10, 2013

Bird to your mother, indeed!
posted by gingerbeer at 1:37 PM on May 10, 2013

On a related note: a lyre bird in the wild imitating a camera, car alarm, and chainsaws.
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 1:49 PM on May 10, 2013 [3 favorites]

Just wait until Disco flies away and teaches other birds these phrases.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:17 PM on May 10, 2013

That bird needs to demand to speak to a lawyer! Otherwise, all the singing and whatnot will lead the police officer to think he's drunk.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 4:31 PM on May 10, 2013

gilrain: Pretty much all parrots that can talk will do that. And they will tend toward whatever words the people around them actually say, over their own riffs, generally. My parrot jams a lot of words together or substitutes similar sounding words in sentences he says a lot, but he usually says the "correct" thing more often than not.

Sometimes my parrot will say something of his own that we reinforce instead because it's awesome, though. At some point he began saying, "Hello big kiss!" which on its own I don't even know how it got started, but then he would garble it a little so it would sound like "heroic kiss!" so we would say "heroic kiss!" back to him when he said it. Now he says, "Hello big kiss!" and "heroic kiss!" (clearly) about equally.

Another thing he says is "daddy-bo" because... oh boy. So you know for Slumdog Millionaire the Pussycat Dolls did that song "Jai Ho?" Well my husband and I were playing Diablo III and there is a weapon called a "daibo" and every time one would drop, we'd start singing "daibo" to the tune of "Jai Ho." So our parrot started singing "daibo" to the tune of "Jai Ho." And one day, in the midst of singing it over and over and over, he said, "Daddy-boooo~oooo~ooo!" I cracked up so he did it again and now sometimes he will sing "daddy-bo" instead.

They will tend to repeat any phrases that get them some kind of reaction like that.

Anyway, all my friends kept linking me this and I have to say I'm very impressed that a budgie can speak so low, and so clearly. They... usually don't. It looks real and there are a handful of comments from people with budgies that say they speak similarly, I've just never seen anything like that. Very cool.

I love "Disco birdie in the hoooouse toniiiight!"
posted by Nattie at 4:55 PM on May 10, 2013 [5 favorites]

I just realized I have a video of my parrot saying "daddy-bo" for the first time. It's mixed in there with a bunch of other stuff.
posted by Nattie at 5:01 PM on May 10, 2013 [4 favorites]

I want to believe.
posted by palbo at 6:06 PM on May 10, 2013

Nattie - I love that "Disco birdie in the hooooouse toniiiiight!" is followed by "Eat millet and have a good time!"
posted by maryr at 7:28 PM on May 10, 2013 [2 favorites]

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