a yellow headed green parrot looks at the camera through the bars of a cage

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Led Zeppelin-singing parrot wins over the internet

And now for something earnest...

 

Siobhan Ball

Internet Culture

Published Jan 19, 2021

You wouldn’t think a parrot would prove a genuine challenge for Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, but this Green Amazon Parrot definitely gave him a run for his money in a video that’s absolutely captured Twitter’s collective hearts.

https://twitter.com/RexChapman/status/1351282426849488898?s=20

In the video, the parrot’s owner starts playing the Zeppelin classic “Stairway To Heaven” on an acoustic 12-string guitar. The parrot quickly joins in, seemingly warming up by whistling before full-on belting Robert Plant’s part to his person’s honestly flawless accompaniment.

Lyrics are a bit off but not bad considering he’s winging it
What’s his contract demands ? Must have 80% sunflower seeds in his mix
This birdie is better than half the guys I knew in bands in the 90’s.

Though the parrot doesn’t seem to have figured out the actual words to the song yet (and to be fair, he is a parrot, it’s already a lot), some fans say it doesn’t matter, getting in a cheeky jab at Plant in the process.

I know ill get flamed but imo birdy has a better voice then Plant.  LOL
The main obstacle blocking a Led Zep reunion is Plant's refusal to participate. But this parrot would be a perfect Plant replacement. Birdie's not just adequate, it can out-shriek Robert Plant!
Arguably better than the original.

While this little green guy is clearly very talented, he’s not alone in his avian vocal skills. The follow-up tweets are full of stories about adorable, funny and very talented little birds getting up to all sorts of shenanigans.

Love it! My mom had an African Grey who liked to sing Elvis and Christmas songs. He could imitate all of our voices and would use my stepdad's voice to call out to the dogs, "Cricka! Mocha! C'mere, girls...you guys want some cheese?" The dogs would run in and no one was there. 🤣
I knew a flock that used to say "here kitty kitty" when next to a cage w a serval. They'd also sing Happy Birthday.
I'm telling you what...these parrots are smarter than some people I know. I had one years ago and he amazed me daily. Among other things, any time he heard the keys jingle he'd ask "WHERE YA GOIN???" He drove the dog crazy calling his name. Smart and hilarious.

The original video appears to be from April 2020 or earlier, but clearly, everyone needed some extremely earnest content right now.

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*First Published: Jan 19, 2021, 3:00 pm CST