Canadian Cockatoo "Casper" recently sat in on a recording session of a cover of "Walk idiot Walk," by Swedish rock band The Hives. Casper played tambourine, as documented by owner Gary Jackson. Here's the clip:
Jackson commented, “I was recording a cover of the Hives’ Walk Idiot Walk and had Casper my cockatoo with me while I was mixing and he was having all kinds of fun making noise on my tambourine and dancing.”
Casper is very cute and all, but Congolese African Grey parrot "Waldo," from Baltimore death metal band Hatebeak, would melt Casper's avian face off. Waldo, 21, sings "Bird Seeds of Vengeance," from Hatebeak's 2005 Bird Seeds of Vengeance:
Hatebeak, presently signed to Reptilian Records, is purely a studio project, and doesn't tour, so as not to anger Waldo. Waldo typically sings about existential topics concerning where he might fit, in the ranks of phylar order regarding taxonomic division. And seeds.
The African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus), is found in the primary and secondary rainforest of West and Central Africa. It is regarded as being one of the most intelligent birds in the world (clearly). Their primarily interests include palm nuts, seeds, fruits and leafy matter, but have also been known to eat snails.
Behold Hatebeak's 2007 record, "The Thing That Should Not Beak" :
Hatebeak's fans come from far and wide:
Dude have you heard of hatebeak? It's like fucking grindcore and the singer is a fucking parrot
— Theo Vlahos (@Theosopinion) October 26, 2013
Hatebeak is my favorite band
— McLovin' (@mdogghogan) October 25, 2013
@MechaMacGyver HEY CHECK OUT HATEBEAK YOU WEINER! THE ONLY NOISE/GRINDCORE BAND WITH A PARROT FOR A VOCALIST
— NATURE BOYZ (@vince2Dgod) October 25, 2013
In related avian news, California’s Condor Cam went live on October 21 in Big Sur. The extremely rare birds (only 429 of them are left in North America, half of which are in captivity), are the largest flying birds in the Western Hemisphere, with wingspans exceeding 10 feet. The condor cam has live-streaming capabilities, and is solar-powered, and is the first to allow the public to see the birds interact, feed, groom and fly.
Image via Wikimedia Commons.