*ring* *ring* this is birdphone
December 31, 2017 9:26 AM   Subscribe

 
That is just the cutest thing ever; he's like a Markov budgie.
posted by heyho at 9:50 AM on December 31 [10 favorites]


Awww! This is adorable, thanks!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:09 AM on December 31


This is an issue with talking birds: they can record and play back all the goofy baby-talk things you say to them when you are alone.
posted by tavella at 10:31 AM on December 31 [7 favorites]


Love parakeets! Do you suppose the LaCroix can is his God?
posted by Oyéah at 10:51 AM on December 31 [7 favorites]


Aw! I have been trying to teach my adopted budgies R2-D2 - after 8 months, they just do it badly. But they all imitate the cockatiel perfectly.
posted by Calzephyr at 11:15 AM on December 31 [2 favorites]


Thank you! I needed this!
posted by shalom at 11:48 AM on December 31


Some friends just got a budgie - I'm going to send this to them to inspire them to keep talking to it.
posted by mogget at 11:53 AM on December 31 [2 favorites]


The can is his mirror. Which some people may, indeed, mistake for god.
posted by boo_radley at 11:55 AM on December 31 [4 favorites]




THIS IS BIRDPHONE
posted by runehog at 12:35 PM on December 31 [1 favorite]


Oh, man, those Siri beeps and imitations got me. I wonder if their phones ever get triggered?

And if so, where's the video of the parakeet turning the lights on and off and ordering 50 tons of sunflower seeds?
posted by loquacious at 12:41 PM on December 31 [3 favorites]


IT SURPRISED ME
THERE'S A REASON WHY IT'S EVIL



You better drop in line!

:D
posted by darkstar at 12:49 PM on December 31


> where's the video of the parakeet turning the lights on and off and ordering 50 tons of sunflower seeds?

they are learning
posted by idiopath at 1:23 PM on December 31 [8 favorites]


I have been trying to teach my adopted budgies R2-D2 - after 8 months, they just do it badly.

Are you using recorded repetition? You can put the sounds on your laptop or make a CD or something and set them to repeat all day while you're at work.

This is a good bird! One of the things I particularly like about parakeets talking is that they don't do the "Polly wanna cracker" high-pitched voice, but a lower register, like they could be taught do an excellent James Mason impression.
posted by rhizome at 1:26 PM on December 31 [1 favorite]


This bird is voiced by Frank Oz, apparently!
posted by allthinky at 1:46 PM on December 31 [1 favorite]


I really need to figure out how to turn "this is birdphone" with the chirps into my actual ringtone.
posted by vespabelle at 2:00 PM on December 31 [5 favorites]


henlo this is bird phone leave a messg after the peep

🎵peep🎵
posted by idiopath at 2:05 PM on December 31 [10 favorites]


they are learning

Oh my god hahahaha.

The more of videos I see of parakeets and African Greys, the more it drives home the fact that I really don't want a pet that talks constantly, that can imitate phone alert noises and weird crap like a creaking door opening and/or family members, partners or whatever - and that it'll probably outlive me.
posted by loquacious at 2:11 PM on December 31 [2 favorites]


Quick and dirty MP3 rip of "this is birdphone" for phone alert tones. Download link is in the top right.
posted by loquacious at 2:22 PM on December 31 [16 favorites]


I kind of do though. I don't want to adopt an eternal dinosaur toddler like an African grey or a cockatoo, simply because I could not keep up with its many needs and make it happy, but I might just be able to content a parakeet. I'm thinking it over.
posted by Countess Elena at 2:23 PM on December 31 [2 favorites]


The only successful parrot owner I've known already had three children. Go for thee 'keet!
posted by rhizome at 4:29 PM on December 31 [1 favorite]


We had a parrot (inherited) in college. Five college kids, three dogs two cats, a rabbit and the world's most socially active parrot. Post graduation he was lonely so he took off and joined a wild flock, his owner says he comes back to visit but won't let anyone catch him. Fair enough. I like to think he still torments unsuspecting dogs to this day.
posted by fshgrl at 5:57 PM on December 31 [5 favorites]


I am using this R2-D2 clip - https://youtu.be/GoqD5kQs8nM

Somewhere before me, the adopted budgies picked up a Beethoven ringtone. Only two of them do it consistently and sometimes in stereo :D
posted by Calzephyr at 6:16 AM on January 1 [1 favorite]


A fine example of gibberish in, even finer gibberish out!
posted by Gadgetenvy at 9:45 AM on January 1 [1 favorite]


How does a bird even make a "b" sound?
posted by lore at 7:26 AM on January 3


After wrestling with my new phone I now have a lovely bird ringtone! 🎶this is birdphone 🎶
posted by vespabelle at 1:15 PM on January 4 [1 favorite]


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