Buddy the talking starling

It’s been a l-o-n-g time since I wrote at Animal Intelligence. Too long. I intend to put an end to that. Instead of sitting on the stories I find, I’ll share them as soon as possible, even if I don’t have time to research additional background information.

To kick things off, here’s the story of Buddy, the talking starling:

Debbie Bingham from Morven, New Zealand, found Buddy while out for a morning stroll. The fledgling was lying on the ground, apparently dead. But when Bingham picked him up, he began to move his beak. Bingham nursed the bird back to health.

Bingham is a kindergarten teacher. One day, while taking Buddy to school to show her students, he began to speak. Now the three-year-old bird can speak several phrases — and is learning more all the time.

For more info, see the extended story from New Zealand’s 3 News. Also, here’s a two-year-old story about Buddy.