“Hi Gabriel,” Fabio said as his brother approached him.
Ringneck parrots are becoming increasingly popular birds to keep as pets in the U.S.
They have become beloved for their wide array of colors, relatively small size, and reasonable life span of 25 to 30 years. Not to mention they are downright adorable.
Their ability to mimic speech is impressive. Moreover, they appear capable of contextualizing the words they learn, and using them when appropriate.
In a video posted to Rumble by Ashley Huntley, these two birdie brothers not only appear to love each other, but they use all of their wits and training to let the other know just how much.
Ringneck parrots Fabio and Gabriel are brothers. Both are born from the same parents, one year apart.
The birds have learned each other’s names, a number of phrases, and one particularly tender gesture. Fabio and Gabriel have been taught to give each other kisses.
Birds sharing actual kisses is made difficult by the fact they have beaks, not lips. But putting aside the obvious anatomical hurdles, these two love-bird bros seem aware of the meaning of the gesture.
As Gabriel leans in towards Fabio’s cheek, he opens his beak and delivers the smooch with an emphatic “mwah!”
In return, Fabio repeats Gabriel’s name, asks him what he is doing, or returns the kindness with a smooch of his own.
The bird brothers give each other kisses, complete with an exaggerated “mwah!” sound effect.
But domesticating these birds is nothing new. According to Spruce.com, Indian Ringneck parrots have been kept as pets going back as far as 200 B.C.
They are also one of the rare species of birds whose gender can be identified by their color. Males tend to feature bright, vibrant colors, while females are typically all white.
Ringnecks go through a particularly difficult “bluffing” period. During their adolescence, the birds can start to nip and lunge at their human companions.
This is a normal phase for birds of high intelligence. Owners are told to keep them entertained and socialized during their bluffing period.
Fabio and Gabriel are a handful, as all parrots are, but their adorable antics are worth it.
Gabe is turning into a big boy! Getting his black ring. My last baby is almost all grown up! 😔
The high-pitched, yet sweet and tender voices that come from the birds add to the humor in their affection. The voice is startlingly human, but with an immediate innocence.
The two birds are obviously well cared for by their owner. With plenty of toys, space to roam, and a buddy always around to give kisses, it’s no wonder they look happy.