You’ve probably seen multiple videos of birds imitating their owners and singing songs like the Adam’s Family theme song. However, birds won’t just copy what you say or what you whistle, they’ll copy other noises they hear too.
For example, my sister has a budgie, and he’ll pretend to sneeze when she does! It’s adorable. However, the bigger birds can copy more than just sneezes. The cockatoo in the video above copies one of the world’s favorite animals–a dog! And let me tell you that if I hadn’t known it was a bird, I 100% would’ve believed it was a dog.
The bird in the video is named Brandy. Brandy has been living with her owners for 31 years now. Two years ago, the owners bought Chou Chou the pooch, and like every other dog, this one barks a lot. Birds emulate the noises that they hear on a consistent basis, and Chou Chou, of course, barked every day.
Eventually, Brandy started copying her bark, and the result is quite impressive! According to Rumble, “Whenever Brandy wants to get attention from her housemate, she approaches the dog carefully and smacks her beak. When that doesn’t work, she takes communication to a whole new level – she barks at Chou Chou!” Let that sink in–she, a bird, barks at a dog to get its attention!
In this video, Brandy is at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village with her owners, perched on top of a bench. There are people all around her who are taking in her beauty, but it’s what comes next that leaves them all laughing in disbelief.
There’s a dog on a leash who’s looking at Brandy and her white feathers when she recognizes the animal in front of her. Right away, making the connection between her furry friend and this stranger, she starts to bark at the dog! The bark is so loud and hilarious that all the people around Brandy start to laugh. The deep bark coming from the bird makes it hard to believe she’s even a bird in the first place.
The dog simply stares at the bird, without barking back, or even moving. It’s just as confused as we are! Still, Brandy continues to bark at it as if it were a part of its species.