An African Grey parrot named Rocco has struck up an unlikely friendship with his owner’s Amazon Alexa. Rocco, who lives near Oxford in the United Kingdom, apparently enjoys conversing with the speech-enabled device but doesn’t stop there.
He also goes on online shopping sprees when his owner isn’t looking, ordering berries and other snacks.
According to the Sun, Rocco’s owner, Marion Wischnewski has to keep a watchful eye on the splurging bird:
“Rocco and Alexa chat away to each other all day. Then I have to check the shopping list and cancel all the items he’s ordered.”
The things Rocco orders are surprisingly on-brand for a parrot. He mostly stays away from consumer electronics, instead ordering “strawberries, watermelon, raisins, broccoli and ice cream” although he has also ordered a kettle, lightbulbs, and somewhat whimsically, a kite.
As parrots go Rocco may be somewhat eccentric. He was kicked out of his previous home for using too many curse words and according to Wischenewski he’s a music lover, for which Alexa comes in handy once again.
“Often I come home from being out all day and find romantic music playing. And he loves a boogie with Alexa. But it has to be something fast, like his favourite Kings of Leon.
As remarkable as it sounds this isn’t the first time a parrot, or even an African Grey, has found a conversational partner in Alexa and used it to go online shopping.
Like Rocco, here’s a video of a parrot named Bibi who ordered a butt-ton of strawberries on Amazon.
And another parrot turning the Alexa on.
In conclusion eventually humanity will be replaced, either by artificial intelligence…or by parrots.