Friendship
Indian Ringneck Parrot has adorable meeting with Grey parrot
They weren't sure what to make of each other at first.
Elijah Chan
11.29.21

Who would’ve thought that parrots have dialects?

They may belong to the same species, but there’s an obvious difference in how these birds communicate.


YouTube Screenshot - Parrot Paradise
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YouTube Screenshot - Parrot Paradise

In a video posted by Parrot Paradise, an Indian Ringneck seems to size up an African Grey Parrot. The hilarious video has since been played over 21 million times when it was uploaded a couple of years back.

The smaller Indian Ringneck seemed unfazed by the bigger parrot.

The green bird weaves and leans towards the African Grey. If it’s his way to say hello, we can’t really tell if the bigger fella is taking it as such. But if your “hello” is a full-on ritual of head whips and shoulder wheels, your friend will really have a hard time greeting back.

Indian Ringnecks belong to the family of parrots.

It is native to the sub-Saharan Africa region and southern Asia. It’s a popular cage bird known for its ability to talk.

Flickr - Jay Dubal
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Flickr - Jay Dubal

Populations of Indian Ringnecks have since spread to nearby regions. A myth involved singer and songwriter Jimi Hendrix as it was said that he is to be blamed for the London parakeet invasion. He allegedly released a pair into the city. While the legend is argumentative at best, it’s already too late to contain the popularity of these little fellas.

Meanwhile, the African Gray is a remarkable creature.

Commonly found in the rainforests of central Africa, the Grays are the largest parrot on the continent.

Flickr - Found Animals Foundation
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Flickr - Found Animals Foundation

They might not have the splash of colors that their counterparts have, the African Grays excel in something else. They are among the smartest birds in the world. Their mimicry of human speech is astounding, surpassing over 350 species of parrots. They are believed to possess the cognitive skills of a five-year-old and are very altruistic animals.

We can’t really say if that feeling is present in this meeting, though.

The two birds can’t seem to agree on how to react to each other. The little Indian Ringneck continued to weave and sway around as if taunting the bigger bird to fight, say ‘hello’, or a mix of both.


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YouTube Screenshot - Parrot Paradise

Some of the commenters even pointed out that the duo resembled brothers. The African Gray as the mature older brother and the Indian Ringneck as the rowdy toddler brother.


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YouTube Screenshot - Parrot Paradise

I guess the other parrot didn’t know that Ringnecks greet with a dance-off.

The people were amused at the interaction, especially at the contrasts in behaviors.


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YouTube Screenshot - Parrot Paradise

They posted comments like: “He’s cute, but I need someone with a little more intellect.” And “What an elaborate process parrots have to convey ‘hey friend, follow me over here.’”

YouTube Screenshot - Parrot Paradise
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YouTube Screenshot - Parrot Paradise

But whatever the case is, we sure do know that when it comes to “shaking their tailfeathers”, the Indian Ringneck is the undisputed champion. It might be a different kind of “hello”, but it sure does give a hell of an impression. Just ask the big guy over here.

Watch how this Indian Ringneck says hello to the bigger African Gray Parrot.

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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