Recently, I wrote a post about working with birds to help them speak our human language. Most often, when we think of talking birds, parrots come to mind. However, did you know there are several species outside of the parrot world which can mimic both a variety of sounds and speech beautifully? A list of them (per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talking_bird) includes mynah birds, corvids, starlings, mockingbirds, lyrebirds, and the Australian magpie! Here are a few videos depicting a mynah and starling being exceptionally articulate and of a lyrebird imitating some amazing noises (including the noise of a camera shudder).