Parrots

Could Your Amazon Alexa Be Used Against You?

Have you seen the Geico ad with the talking parrot? A 19th-century ship is boarded and the captain is surrounded by pirates. The leader shouts, …

Amazon Echo

Kauai's Wild Parakeet Problem

A local conservation group is pushing for legislation to study and control wild parakeets on Kauai.<p>The Rose-ringed parakeet is believed to have been …

Hawaii

A Very Clever Parrot Uses His Own Discarded Feather to Scratch the Back of His Head

In 2007, a 29-year old yellow-headed Amazon named Poncho gratefully accepted one of his own discarded feathers from his human Cheryl Rampton and …

Life Sciences

Not all animals have a use: The passing of John Berger brings to mind a prancing cockatoo

A YouTube video serves as a tribute to John Berger's prescient writings about zoos<p>The day after John Berger died, a friend posted a video on my Facebook page of two Moluccan cockatoos at a tropical bird zoo and sanctuary in Tennessee. In the video, one of the enormous white birds unleashes a peal …

You Tube

The 'Birdman of Chennai' feeds 8,000 parakeets. It isn't easy, but he couldn't be happier

Joseph Sekar spends 40% of his income on feeding the birds twice a day.<p>Good things come in small packages, especially if they’re parakeets. A species …

Birds

Parrots for Patriots: How rescued birds are helping veterans heal

Veterans<p>For decades after leaving the Marines, Douglas Ladd of Portland, Oregon, struggled with anger and other emotional issues.<p>Now he's found something to help: a bare-eyed cockatoo named Cleopatra.<p>“You can’t get mad at her because she’s a bird,” Ladd, 62, told TODAY. “People you can get mad at, …

Birds

A Vociferous Macaw Hilariously Shushes the Beautiful Parrot He Sees in the Mirror

In 2009, an absolutely beautiful but rather vociferous macaw hilariously shushed the handsome parrot that he saw reflected in the mirror. According …

Pope Francis captivated by cockatoo as he levitates tables during Vatican circus performance

Pope Francis claps and smiles as a group of acrobats and illusionists add some excitement to his weekly address in the Vatican City.

Pope Francis

Tech-savvy parrot sounds off with pitch-perfect 'OK, Google' beep

The "OK, Google" acknowledgement tone is one of the iconic sounds of our modern times. It's the beep that means our Google devices are listening to us and about to answer a question or do our digital bidding. It's also a sound perfectly mimicked by one talented African grey parrot.<p>Parrot lover …

Google

We Now Understand How Birds Fly, Thanks To A Goggle-Wearing Parrot

In 2016, scientists used lasers to track the wing movements of Obi, a Pacific parrotlet. The study found that our models of animal flight have been …

Birds

African Grey Parrot Mimics the ‘Ok Google’ Sound

Coco the African Grey parrot can do a perfect impersonation of the “Ok Google” command sound.<p>via reddit<p>About these ads<p>← Terrible Artichoke Dip Ruins …

Google

Forget Google Home and just adopt this parrot instead

This African grey parrot cannot order you a taxi, or play your holiday playlist or Google Mariah Carey's birthday. What it <i>can</i> do is mimic the sound some devices make before answering your "OK Google" question.<p>She won't make your life easier, but she's certainly entertaining.

Google

This Talking Parrot Mimics the 'OK Google' Noise | Motherboard

Life is all about the simple things that bring us joy. And who knew that mimicking the “OK Google” noise could bring so much satisfaction? To Coco, the African grey parrot, it brings sheer, unadulterated delight—much as it does to everyone else watching her.<p>Over the weekend, YouTuber MissSadieSue …

Google

Parrot Does Spot-on ‘Ok, Google’ Impression

Do you own a parrot? Do you also own a Google-powered device like a Pixel phone or a Google Home? Great. Now, place both in the same room and use …

Google

Cockatoo Finds Out He Is Going to the Vet

Nobody likes going to the vet, but this funny bird absolutely hates it.<p>Check out how much he argues with his human over getting on his carrier.<p>He …

Pets

Iggy Pop has a parrot named Biggy Pop

Iggy Pop's beloved cockatoo Biggy Pop has his own Instagram account, where he and his famous owner seem to be best friends:<p>Bird is the word. …

Iggy Pop

Hundreds of homeless B.C. parrots still need help

Meet the 34 African grey parrots currently living in a Coquitlam, B.C., dining room<p>Being foster parents to 34 African grey parrots means there are …

Western Canada

How a parrot wearing aviator goggles could teach robots to fly better

A parrot named Obi wearing tiny 3D-printed aviator goggles sounds better suited to be the protagonist in a yet-to-be-made Pixar movie than to be the …

Birds

Anxious Bird Who Plucked Out Her Feathers Just Needed The Right Family

Calypso the cockatoo grew up in a home where she was chased and tormented until she was practically on the verge of a heart attack. She soon started …

Dutch companies pioneer 'healing office' to cut staff sick days

In the Netherlands, one in 17 people suffers from burnout. A state of the art office in Amsterdam promises to keep staff happy, healthy and productive<p>If you need a carrot to tempt you to work, there’s a trolley of healthy snacks. Every desk is within seven metres of a window and a flick of your …

Netherlands

The 11 most incredible species I encountered on my travels

My world travels began at the age of 10 when I begged my father to take me to Costa Rica so I could put all my Zoobooks knowledge to the test, and …

Belize

Parrot wearing goggles proves all models of bird flight wrong

Even before the Wright brothers achieved flight with fixed wings, engineers have dreamed of mimicking the flight of birds. In theory, understanding …

Birds

How lasers and a goggle-wearing parrot could aid flying robot designs

A barely visible fog hangs in the air in a California laboratory, illuminated by a laser. And through it flies a parrot, outfitted with a pair of tiny, red-tinted goggles to protect its eyes.<p>As the bird flaps its way through the water particles, its wings generate disruptive waves, tracing patterns …

Robotics

9to5Toys Last Call: Amazon 1-Day Tech Accessory Sale, Parrot Zik Bluetooth headphones $80, Fitbit Flex from $33, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by <i>signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter</i>. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications.<p>TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:<p><i>Last Call Updates:</i><p>Bag a certified refurb GoPro HERO Session Action Camera direct …

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Iggy Pop singing ‘Surfin’ Bird’ to his cockatoo is exactly what the world needs now

So OK, if you’re not following “Biggy Pop,” the eponymous Instagram Iggy Pop made for his pet bird Biggy earlier this year, you’re missing out. Go do …

Iggy Pop

The future of flying robots is in the claws of a goggle-wearing parrot

Stanford mechanical engineers prove well-established bird flight theories predicting vortices are flawed<p>From pigeons being able to detect cancer to bomb-sniffing dogs, some of the most bizarre scientific experiments have warranted the most interesting insights. The latest? Strapping a pair of tiny …

Technology (UK)

Macaw poses in man's mug shot after unlucky court appearance

PORTLAND, Ore. – A 4-year-old macaw named "Bird" is an instant celebrity after appearing in a posed booking mug shot in Oregon with his unfortunate owner.<p>Craig Buckner left Bird in a tree outside court in Washington County while he went in for an appearance Thursday in an ongoing drug and theft …

Crime

Man Takes Fly Mugshot With Parrot Pal He Brought To Court

The beloved bird is in the care of a friend while the man is in jail.<p>An Oregon man has taken one of the most arresting mugshots we’ve seen, with the help of his beloved macaw.<p>Craig Buckner showed up at the Washington County Courthouse on Monday for violating a release order in connection with …

Judiciary

Parrot poses with man for mugshot after bizarre twist

A routine police mugshot took an unexpected turn when a pet parrot named ‘Bird’ decided to gatecrash the photo.<p>Craig Buckner was arrested as he waited at a Washington County courthouse in Oregon after falling asleep and failing a drug urine test.<p>He had left his ‘well-trained’ pet macaw in a tree …