Meet Marnie. Marnie is an Indian ringneck parakeet and shows the charm that has taken the bird world captive. With a cute, rather high-pitched voice, Marnie has learned not only to mimic human voice but to use those words and phrases appropriately, as he displays in this engaging video.
Marnie is somewhat of a collector. He has an array of bunnies but always loves having a new one to add. Today, Marnie is receiving a pink and white bunny, and he’s rather excited. In fact, he can’t quite quit talking about it!
Marnie approaches the new toy and begins to talk to it. “Hello,” he says to his new friend. “Pretty.” The beautiful bird examines the bunny and asks, “What ya doin’?” and then, with a little encouragement from his humans, says “Give a kiss!” He precedes to kiss the bunny and immediately tells it, “Thank you!”
Indian ringneck parakeets have a reputation for being nippy, but it all totally depends on how they are raised. Handling the bird a lot and caring for it properly produces the kind of bird Marnie is – sweet and charming and very intelligent. This variety of parrot is a favorite throughout the world.
“What ya doin’? Hello! Give a kiss!” says Marnie just before pecking the bunny on the head again. Obviously entranced with his new toy, Marnie is only momentarily distracted by the camera operator.
Standing up tall, with wings held slightly out from his body, Marnie coaxes the bunny with a shrill “Peekaboo! Peekaboo!” When the bunny doesn’t answer, Marnie asks it repeatedly, “What ya doin’?”
Because they are so smart, ringneck parakeets can get bored easily, and when they do, they can become destructive. However, giving them plenty of toys and sturdy things to chew on will redirect their energy in fun ways.
Marnie seems to have it all: humans who like to talk to him, lots of interesting things going on in his environment and a new bunny to boot!
What do you think about Marnie’s diatribe? Does he know what he’s saying? Watch him engage with his new bunny and decide for yourself.