This YouTube video shows a bird which appears to repeat some sounds (not speech though) after a human. Here're some cropped screenshots from the video:

screenshot from the video screenshot from the video

What species is this bird? Can it actually mimic human speech, or are these sounds in the video its natural sounds?

  • $\begingroup$ A location would help narrow it down. $\endgroup$
    – John
    Feb 15, 2018 at 1:31
  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately the only information I have is this video. I wasn't the one who filmed it, so I can't add much information aside from what is contained there. $\endgroup$
    – Ruslan
    Feb 15, 2018 at 7:58

1 Answer 1


It is a black-collared starling (Gracupica nigricollis).

According to the title of this other video, which is the same footage uploaded by another user and could be the original one, it has been recorded in Thailand, where the black-collared starling is common.

Also, from the same Wikipedia page:

In Thailand the collared starling is sometimes kept in captivity and taught to speak.


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