Talking Starling Does Near-Perfect Imitation Of R2D2

I had a pet starling once. It fell from its nest and was going to be left on the street to die, so my siblings and I took it home to give it a better chance at life.

The poor bird didn’t survive for long but in the few weeks we spent with the starling, we learned a lot about its species.

Photo: Pexels/Noureddine Belfethi

For starters, they’re often viewed as pests and people go out of their way to kill them. But even though people view them that way, they’re actually quite incredible birds! They can speak so well, it’s hard to tell the difference between a starling and an actual human talking.

One perfect example of how well starlings can mimic speech is Jabber, a 4-year-old European Starling living in Newark, Ohio.

Photo: YouTube/ViralHog

While most people think of talking birds as being parrots, other birds that can mimic speech include ravens and starlings.

In a video shared by ViralHog, you can hear Jabber for yourself. The bird starts by mimicking his human with eerie accuracy, but then goes on to mimic R2D2 from Star Wars!

Photo: YouTube/ViralHog

I think Jabber’s human put it well when she told ViralHog: “Starlings are eerie mimics of human speech, as well as other sounds.”

It’s honestly hard to believe the sound coming from the starling isn’t a voiceover or some kind of digital effect. It just goes to show how accurate starling mimicry can be.

Check out the video below to hear for yourself:

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