Well I pole vaulted into the 20th century a couple months ago and gotta smart tv..now I can play bird videos and music for buddy.. I've been a jazz man my whole life never ever wearing disco clothes or shoes haha. So I've been playing some of my favorite bands and he seems to be interested. One band I loved in years past ,Weather Report, had a song called ,what else ,"Birdland ". It's an uptempo number that I also whistle to and snap my fingers as well. He tries to follow and whistles along a bit,but the sax part is fast,multilayered and complex for him to learn. What songs have your birds learned easily? Something I can play and sing along with him..well at one time I was a good singer haha..notta so much now.
Buddy the Jazz Bird has good taste. Scooter the CAG has little interest in music, but Ralph likes jazz and standards, classical music and pre-80's pop/rock. His favorite song is Ring-a-Ding-Ding by Frank Sinatra. I have Sirius/XM sattelite radio and usually leave their Siriusly Sinatra channel on for the parrots. Any time they play Ring-a-Ding-Ding, Ralph has only to hear the beginning notes of the instrumental introduction and he gets excited and expects me to sing along with Frank. He also recognizes I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, and prefers Dean Martin's version (when I sing it, I alter the lyrics to "I've got my feathers to keep me warm"). I've played Little Jazz Bird by Blossom Dearie for him, but he doesn't recognize it yet. Ralph prefers vocals to instrumentals and also likes songs by Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and, for a humorous touch, Jimmy Durante.
Bonnie won't sing along with anything, but sometimes whistles more when she hears certain types of music. She likes Blues Bros, Joe Cocker, Elton John, Muddy Waters (yeah you can't go past jazz or blues genres - big fan here). She has started to whistle the first part of 'Advance Australia Fair' - guess you could try your National Anthem, perhaps?
I love Birdland - used to listen to Maynard Ferguson's version of it, also an Australian Big Band called 'Daly Wilson Big Band' used to do it and lots of other great stuff in the '70s.
Oh, we also listen to 'Tower of Power' (great big band from decades ago) and she likes that, too.
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Maynard Ferguson was a regular in the clubs here in Chicago back in the days. Buddy seems to like jean luc ponty, one of my favorite musicians..electric violin 4 and 5 string..puts out some awesome sounds that turn his head ! Never ever miss his shows here. Bad girls,by Donna summer,with the words Re-appropriated,he's picking up. "Bad bird bad bird,nothing but a bad bad bird"..now he's learning thus one quickly!
Ha ! Yes I have seen that bird on videos and play it for buddy. Seems like quakers are popular in Australia,but cockatiel s' are native aussie birds aren't they? Do you have them come to your feeders? My girlfriend had a tiel..I took care of him for his last few months till he passed at 22. He was on a total seed diet too. I got buddy after he died but always thought they would have been good buddys. He was a funny bird and a cutie too.
Yes, cockatiels are native birds here. There are lots in the wild in various places. When we went on holiday a couple of years ago we visited 'The Dish' and saw flocks of them hanging off the telephone wires (if you look under the photos section you may find the thread where I posted some photos - although Photobucket may have removed them by now, as they seem to have done recently). I haven't seen any wild 'tiels in Darwin yet, I don't think I'm likely to, because there are a lot of raptors here - notably, the Whistling Kite, the Black Kite and the Brahmony Kite - so they would be decimated by those birds. My father-in-law has a cockatiel called Bobby, who they got as a baby last year. He actually talks more than Bonnie does; the most talkative cockatiel I've ever heard. I guess that's because my parents-in-law have put in a lot of time and effort to socialising and interacting with him. It's great to watch. He whistles 'Colonel Bogey', too.
Pidge also loves to "sing" along to Wiggles Nursery Rhymes. I bought him a radio because I am musically challenged. He loves it and hates me touching it. Sadly I think he is a country and western type of bird.
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