It’s a well-known fact that parrots can ‘talk’ by mimicking the sounds that us humans make. Of all the various subspecies of parrot, the one that demonstrates this most impressively is the African Grey.
African Grey parrots have long been a source of fascination to linguists and researchers around the world, for their incredibly ability to mimic human phrases, as well as responding to verbal cues. Check out the amazing video below, for example:
One particular African Grey parrot, who is based in Berkshire, UK, has been making a splash recently, as it turns out he has fallen in love with his roommate – an Amazon Echo.
His names is Rocco, and he was moved on from his previous home, the National Animal Welfare Trust sanctuary in Berkshire, after upsetting visitors due to using blue language! He was then re-homed, and his new place is where he discovered the love of his life, ‘Alexa’.
But Rocco’s love for the virtual assistant device may not be as pure as initially thought. In fact, being one of the most clever animals on earth and all, he has started using the Amazon Echo to order all the things he likes to eat.
Living with his new owner – Sanctuary worker Marion Wischnewski – Rocco has been causing a whole heap of mischief with Alexa serving as his partner in crime. His breed is highly well known for its mimicking skills, meaning he was able to add his preferences to a virtual supermarket list
On his list he’s added a whole bunch of things that parrots enjoy, including melons, broccoli and raisins. Oh, and ice cream. Everyone loves ice cream, right?
He’s also ordered some pretty random stuff such as a lightbulb and a kite – because, well, why not?
Thankfully, when Rocco shouts these things, he’s just adding them to a list, not actually going through the ordering process.
Marion said: “I have to check the shopping list when I come in from work and cancel all the items he’s ordered.”
It’s not just shopping demands that Rocco enjoys giving out, either. He’s been known to ask Alexa to play his favourite music – songs by Kings of Leon, to be exact.
“They chat away to each other all day. Often, I come in and there’s music playing,” Marion added.
Although it might seem like Rocco is being naughty, he’s just repeating things he’s heard others say – he’s just glad he has Alexa there to listen! WE wish Rocco all the bests for the future.