If I told you that Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Squarepants was the highest rated show amongst kids, you probably wouldn’t be surprised. If I added that a reasonable portion of its audience is college-age adults, you still probably wouldn’t be surprised. But if I were to tell you that it is the most loved TV show amongst pet parrots, then you might think I’m insane. However, I have proof.
Bird Talk magazine recently asked its readers, “What TV Shows does your bird love?” At the top of their list was SpongeBob. While many kids’ shows made the list, possibly due to their bright colors, the common thread amongst the other responses was theme songs. Not surprisingly, the article also mentioned The Andy Griffith Show and Pink Panther.
If you’re one of those types of people who think that this is just a case of pet owners overreacting to their bird, I can personally attest to No.10 on the list, American Idol. My pet parakeet, Tweety, used to scream bloody murder if he heard the theme song and couldn’t see the TV. He was also obsessed with Ryan Seacrest. He knew that whenever he heard that name, there was music coming up.
While the September issue of Bird Talk contains the whole list, as well as a letter about a parakeet who sings along to Susan Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream”, here are some cute YouTube videos of parrots singing along to the SpongeBob Squarepants theme song.