Abe-chan, a myna bird in Japan is the perfect companion for some non-human interaction. The birds are known for being able to perfectly imitate sounds after listening to them just a few times.
While parrots can be a source of amusement until they get on your nerves, and people are amazed at the thought of them speaking, but it might just be random sounds, but still cool.
newSuperAbechan, who looks after the bird, set up a YouTube channel so we can follow along to it imitating we humans.
The video below was filmed a while back, and you can forgive it for having a slightly strange conversation (much like most days for me).
Bird: “Uhm Hello, this is the Ono family.”
Bird: “What’s wrong?”
Owner: “Abe-chan, you’re a little too early. Once the phone’s picked up, then properly say hello.”
Bird: “Okay, understood.”
Owner: “Do you really understand? I’m counting on you. Hello, this is the Ono family residence in Gifu.”
Bird: “Okay, I understand!”
Owner: “Got it.”
Abe probably doesn’t understand what someone is saying, or maybe it does? It’s simply reciting the sounds it picks up, which is funny as anything. With the beauty of technology, those of us who can’t understand Japanese, can use an iPhone app to correctly translate what the bird is saying:
The sad part to this, is that Abe passed away a few years ago, and the YouTube channel was dormant for a while until the owner got a new bird named Suga-chan. She’s now being trained to talk, too.
Here’s to Abe and Suga-chan!