Offbeat Video

By Luke Kenton

This beat-loving bird hilariously bopped along with an man’s spontaneous rap at the zoo – even adding in his own verse. 

No stranger to performing, Boston Celtics stadium host Mel Renzo was enjoying at day out at Alligator Adventure, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, when an unlikely collaboration flew his way. 


Noticing a friendly macaw perched on the edge of its cage on May 28, 30-year-old Mel decided to test the parrot’s taste in music and began to freestyle rap.

Surprised to see the brazen bird bopping along to his lyricisms, Mel then asks it to ‘sway’ – the macaw again obliging and mirroring his movements. 

Saving the best for last, Mel encourages the bird to make its own mark on the spontaneous song by singing, ‘Saying something bird’, and incredibly the parrot squawking what Melo believes to be ‘Hey’, right on cue.

Stunned by the bizarre encounter, Mel, who also works full-time as a firefighter, said: “As soon as I saw the bird I walked over because I wanted to know if it could talk. 


“There were too other birds in the cage, but they were very anti-social – where as this one seemed much more friendly. 

“I started by just talking to it, but he didn’t say anything back. 

“Eventually he mumbled a word, then soon after became very responsive. 

“I’d seen on TV before videos of birds bobbing along to songs and singing and I thought I’d try it out with this guy. 

“I started just by singing hip-hop songs with a beat you can bop your head to and the bird seemed to really like it. 

“When he started bopping, my girlfriend grabbed her camera and this happened. 

“It was incredible, I’m always having crazy encounters like this, but this one I couldn’t believe was actually real-life.

“Everyone has really got a kick out of it.”