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Tico & the Man: A parrot sings with his guitar-playing human

When his human plays guitar, 18-year-old double yellow-headed Amazon parrot Tico whistles and sings to his heart’s content. The human, Frank Maglio Jr., started playing more regularly with Tico in 2020 while working from home. Now, the Florida-based duo record all of their improvised performances and share them on YouTube.

In the video above, Magliio covers Living After Midnight by Judas Priest.

Are all parrots so musical? The Spruce Pets explains:

This species is the best mimic of all the Amazon parrots and is second only to the African gray parrot in its ability to learn words and phrases.

It is also a noisy, boisterous bird, prone to screaming sessions twice a day, at dawn and dusk. These loud vocalizations are normal for this species. Screaming can become a problem if the bird screams all day long, which can happen if the bird is bored due to a lack of attention or mental stimulation…

tico the parrot singing

All Amazon parrots thrive on social interaction, and they need it to remain healthy and happy. Neglected birds can become destructive and depressed, which can manifest itself in various physical and emotional problems. To establish and maintain healthy bonds, you must set aside time each day for one-on-one interaction. The double yellow-headed Amazon is capable of learning many words and phrases and is notable for learning songs, especially opera.

In the video below, they go a bit more mellow with an acoustic guitar and Kansas’ Dust in the Wind:

tico singing

Watch this next: How do parrots talk like humans?

Thanks, @televisionarie.

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