This is the heartwarming moment a bird named Bubba bonds with its owner as it learns to sing his football team’s anthem.
Anthony Jon Costa found Bubba orphaned under a tree in his front yard in Shepparton, Victoria, shortly after the loss of his beloved dog in August last year.
The common starling helped his new owner cope with his grief by learning to mimic a special song.
Adorable common starling named Bubba taught how to whistle a tune back to its new owner
In a heartwarming video posted online by his sister Sharon Cahoon, Anthony begins to whistle Hawthorn Football Club’s anthem as Bubba looks inquisitively at him while sitting on his arm.
‘Now you do it,’ Anthony can be heard saying to the bird.
Bubba begins to whistle the song – based on George M Cohan’s Yankee Doodle Boy – and suddenly stops, but Anthony gently encourages his new friend to ‘do it properly’.
To the excitement of his owner, Bubba echoes the song back and receives a round of applause from the people sitting around the dining room table.
Bird named Bubba was found orphaned under a tree in Shepparton, Victoria
Sharon told Storyful how the bird has helped Anthony cope with his grief: She said: ‘Bubba helped him get through the loss of his companion and best friend.’
The special bond between the pair has pulled at the heartstrings of animal lovers online.
‘He lost his dog, and nature replaced him with a very funny bird,’ one commented.
‘What a beautiful bird,’ another said.
Bubba’s owner Anthony, whistled a peaceful tune that the bird has learnt to mimic back to him
What are common starlings?
The common starling is a medium-sized bird with a pointed beak, short, triangular wings and a short tail.
During the breeding season, its feathers are a green-and-purple sheen but transform into numerous white, ‘v’-shaped markings at other times of the year.
Short-grassed habitats, especially lawns and pasture, are favoured foraging habitats, and they may feed in association with livestock, often perching on the backs of sheep or cattle.
The starling regularly nests in tree hollows, especially in eucalypts, often competing for nest hollows with native species.
Starlings are social birds have a diverse range of calls and songs and they often include convincing mimicry, especially of other birds’ calls.