Flippin The Bird
Animals communicate with us in all sorts of whacky ways. Whether it’s the groan of a bored pup or the purring of an affectionate kitten, pets will always use some sort of sound to get their point across. Most notably are parrots that seem to want to mimic every conversation you’re in.
One parrot, in particular, takes the cake for having a rather peculiar sound. Not to mention she carries a sassy attitude like no other and will not hesitate to tell you off! The story of Onion is one that no doubt will leave an imprint on you after reading it through.
Meet Onion, the three-year-old African Grey parrot
Onion is one of the most talkative parrots you’ll ever see. Not only that, she’s got a thick Scottish accent to boot! Her commentaries are witty, quick, and to the point. She’s like a sponge that constantly absorbs any words that are spilled into the air.
The parrot has gone viral after saying things like, “shut the windaes hen”, “wis a good ae you the night?”, and “am f****ing cold.”
Her owner, Cody Stoddart, has created a TikTok account for her so she can show off her skills. She quickly amassed a total of 660,000 likes with 35,000 followers. The spectacular parrot has been creating comedy gold for everyone to laugh at and enjoy at their fingertips.
It’s no surprise that now everyone wants to know the secret: How does she do it?
A recent video captured an interaction between Cody and Onion where the parrot asked, “Wis a good to you the night?” while Cody replied, “You are good to me the night.” Sass is another language to Onion when she says things like “Ok, byeeeeee,” before adding: “See ya later, toodaloo.”
Cody swears that Onion is from another galaxy. It’s not very common to see a human having a vocal conversation with an animal, much less a bird. Their relationship continues to grow even though at times Onion can be a bit of a heckler.
“My favorites are probably when she’s telling the cat off or when I hear her asking ‘Where’s Cody?’ I can’t think of anything she won’t say. She mostly just picks things up from listening to everyone talk and have conversations.”
So how do parrots learn how to talk?
Humans have a larynx, while parrots have a syrinx. Using the syrinx, which is located where the trachea splits into the lungs, they alter air that traverses through it. Genetically, those of the parrot family (Pssitacines) utilize these sounds to court, warn, fight, or communicate with their offspring.
To train a parrot to talk, you have to repeat sounds and offer them high praise whenever the parrot responds adequately. Talk to them regularly and offer conversation for specific actions such as walking in the room, doing any chores, and even leaving the room.
Many parrot owners swear they understand what they are saying, but in reality, it’s mostly association that they recognize and not the actual action itself. Regardless, it’s still pretty cool to achieve and you should note that not all parrots will learn how to talk despite going through this method.
Onion the parrot is a great example of a lovable pet who loves sharing what’s going on in her head. Even with all her sass, the sweet companion has left smiles on the faces of all who will witness her utter her phrases.
To see Onion on full display, check out the TikTok video below!
@codystoddartma talkin burd onion ##fyp ##parrotstiktok ##scottish ##duet♬ original sound – codystoddart
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