My two year-old Harlequin Macaw talking in the mirror and telling my Blue and Gold Macaw to “sssshhhhh.” This was the first time that I had seen/heard him do the “ssshh.”
One of the most interesting parts about this video is how the bird also puts his toes over his mouth, just like a human places an index finger over the mouth when shushing.
The Macaw isn’t just copying sound, but has brought gestures into play as well, and understands that the gesture and sound go together. Birds are so smart!
Harlequin macaw is a hybrid parrot bred in captivity by mixing the green-winged macaw with the blue and gold macaw.They are also trainable and can be taught to do tricks, and indeed mimic human speech and other sounds that it hears.