About six months ago Mayang (Mrs. Thompson) came home from the pet store with a bird, and she was very excited with her purchase. Me, not so much, as they don’t seem to do anything, kinda like a cat, it’s just there. I did ask what type of bird it was and no one seemed to be sure of its species. Although Minor bird did come up a lot, but still, no one was quite sure.
So the bird named Martin (first name not last Bob!) sat under the mango tree in its cage and well, just sat there. Do to the vast amounts of rain we’ve had, she was moved to the front of the house under the roofs overhang to shelter her from the hard rain.
This is where we discovered it could and would talk. It also imitates noises it hears; like Trikes, dogs barking and street vendors. We found out about the street vendors the hard way.
My sister-in-law collects all our bottles and cans and takes them home to her house every week. Last week while watching a baseball game I heard a knocking at the gate, and went out to see who it was, it was the “Boti” guy, that’s the guy who collects cans and bottles. I know him and asked what he wanted and he told me, we called him. I smiled and explained that I was by myself and it was not me, but he insisted, that he heard it. And I believed him.
I’d been hearing the bird (Martin) whistle the cat call, and others, plus I knew he could bark. But talk? I don’t think so. The Boti guy and I went out to the street and I asked him to shout his call once more, and the bird answered. He and I cracked up and were on the street joking with each other, about the bird.
I’m not making this up, two days later, my niece came by to use the computer and the bird said; “Si No Ka, Pangit?” or in English: “Who’s you, ugly?” Shay-Shay had tears in her eyes she was laughing so hard, as was I, because we could not understand where Martin (the bird) was learning Tagalog.
Then we noticed our lead doorbell dog Moto-San was staying close to the bird and we didn’t understand why, until I heard the bird continuously calling out his name, which was driving the poor dog bananas. Now the bird knows most of the dog’s names and even its own name. She can say Coco, but not yet “Coco the flying Labrador.”
The downside is we had to explain to our neighbors, that is was not me but the bird shouting to the street “Si No Ka, Pangit? Now we get people stopping at our gate to talk to the bird. She’s becoming quite famous in our Purok.
I am now asking my fellow LiP readers to help me identify what type it is. I’m assuming its female as I do know that it’s the male birds that carry the bright plumage of each species. (As with humans) I’ve included a few photos to aid in our quest. I’ve even searched on the internet but to no avail. I need your help!
Living in the Philippines, is nothing but an adventure! Next week I’ll teach Martin some phrases in English. Hmmmm that should cause a stir!