Weewoo the Pet Talking European Starling

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Mozart had a pet starling whom he thought of as his musical companion. When his bird died, he had a funeral for him and invited his friends. This video should give you an appreciation for how talented these birds are as mimics [3:15]


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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Weewoo the Pet Talking European Starling

  1. wrpd says:

    So give the bird a kiss already! I never knew starlings talked. That’s probably because I’ve never seen a live starling.

  2. you are probably the only person on the entire planet who has never seen a live starling.

  3. m says:

    when watching some of those videos, I’m not surprised at how bright the birds are, but at how much the humans are not…

  4. Tiffany says:

    I just found a starling in my christmas tree. It has been in my house for three weeks, decorated and everything. Just seen the bird flopping around today.