A man went viral on TikTok after claiming he bought a second-hand cockatoo singing death metal.
However, the video, which has received over 2 million likes and 40,800 comments so far, was fabricated and uses audio from another video released in 2010.
In the TikTok video, Bödan Reykjavik says, “So that’s stupid, I just bought a cockatoo from a guy on Craigslist, and he keeps making these noises. If you guys know what he’s saying, could you tell me what you think?”
The video then shows a bird, which appears to be an Australian Sulfur Crested Cockatoo, standing on top of a cage, moving back and forth.
The audio of the 2010 video is then edited on the cockatoo.
The audio is originally from a YouTube video released by peachy525 in 2010. In the video, a parrot can be heard making a “roaring” sound and repeating the phrase “let the bodies hit the floor”, which is a joke from the seminal hit single “Bodies” by heavy metal band Drowning Pool.
The cockatoo then seems to scream other nonsense phrases, repeating the same phrase from time to time, “let the bodies hit the floor”. The original video had over 11 million views.
While the Reykjavik video has delighted many social media users, some have come to realize that it is fake. Several social media users named Reykjavik in the comments section.
Tinamaria1985 said: “It sounds strangely exactly like an old youtube of an African gray singing the same thing.”
Another social media user, lanawolfe1, said: “I seem to have seen this video before, this is not your bird.”
Reykjavik responded to this comment, with an emoji holding a finger to his lips.
Cockatoos are a type of parrot, particularly known for being able to mimic complex sounds and phrases.
It is not the first time that parrots have been seen singing along with the music. Birds are also known to dance to the sound of music, moving their bodies back and forth.
Birds don’t understand what they are saying, but they will mimic the sounds they hear repeatedly.
Parrots speak by floating the air flowing over the syringe, this allows them to make sounds. In the wild, they have developed this trait to blend in with their flock, which in turn protects them from predators.
Although birds are extremely intelligent, they rarely pick up complex words or phrases. Usually, a cockatoo stutters a series of nonsense words that they hear regularly.