Truly remarkable, totally cute, and heart warming for sure. These are two Yellow-Crowned Amazons, one of the 30 species of Amazon parrots, which are found in the New World from South America to Mexico and the Caribbean, which makes it fitting that the birds in the video are singing in Spanish. Most Amazon Parrots look like variations on these: mostly green birds with accent colors in different shades and at different locations of their bodies. Several of the species including the Yellow-Crowned Amazons are among the parrot world's most accomplished "talkers." I did not use the word, mimic, for a reason. It is true that parrots are fantastic mimics, and can imitate as sorts of sounds, including words, but I know first hand that even those species that are not known as "great talkers" can learn to use phrases in context. (If you are interested in those stories, you need to see my other blog, where I talk about owning my birds, www.MeMyBirdsAndI.Blogspot.com). Amazons are known, however, for this other amazing ability that you just witnessed in the video above, singing!
Spanish English Alabaré a Mi SeñorCHORUS:
Alabaré A mi Señor (2x)Juan vio el numero de los redimidos
Y todos alababan al Señor
Unos cantaba, otros oraban,
Y todos alababan al SeñorCHORUSTodos unidos alegres cantamos
Glorias y alabanzas al Señor
Gloria al Padre, gloria al Hijo
Y gloria al Espiritu de amor
I Will Praise My LordI will praise (4x)
I will praise my Lord (2x)John saw the number of those redeemed
And all of them were praising the Lord
Some were singing, some were praying
And all were praising the Lord
All sang happy together
Glory and praise to the Lord
Glory to the Father, glory to the Son
And glory to the Spirit of love
Amazons are renowned for their knack of learning songs that they love and trumpeting them at the top of their voices. This hymn is ubiquitous in Latin America, and I'm sure these birds have heard it sung often, and they clearly enjoy the theatrical quality of the melody. Notice, as well, how they trade different bits of the music with one bird singing half of a phrase which is then completed by the other bird. Truly astonishing.
Watching this caused emotions of awe and inspiration. I am continually caught in wonder of just how much more fantastical the whole of creation is than we often times give it credit. All of creation cries out to the creator. All of creation is a miracle and watching these birds made me think of Psalm 104:
"What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations. Oh, look—the deep, wide sea, brimming with fish past counting, sardines and sharks and salmon. Ships plow those waters, and Leviathan, your pet dragon, romps in them. All the creatures look expectantly to you... " --Psalm 104: 24-27 (from The Message)It would do us all well, to stop, put our human centric vision aside for a moment, and try to take the "wide-angle" view of the world. All of creation praises the creator. Perhaps if we take the moment of quiet to listen, we will allow ourselves to experience creations truly remarkable existence and think twice the next time our "dominion" comes into conflict with its wholeness. We are the gardeners of the great garden. And what a remarkable garden it is.