'Echo,' the parrot, on ABC7

August 26, 2011 9:58:10 AM PDT
At just 15 years old, "Echo" has made already made a big name for himself. Today the parrot sang ''Somewhere Over the Rainbow'' for ABC7 News at 11 a.m.

The parrot made it all the way to the Hollywood round on "America's Got Talent" before finally being eliminated. Echo featured daily at Animal Gardens in Delavan, Wisconsin along with his trainer, Sarah Hoeft.

    Other notes about Echo:
  • Echo is a 15-year-old Double Yellow Headed Amazon Parrot.
  • Echo and Sarah formed their training and performing partnership five years ago.
  • Sarah began her career with Animal Gardens eight years ago.
  • She began as a horse trainer. She mentored under famed Ringling Bros. Circus Horse trainer John Herriott.
  • Echo has a 50-word vocabulary.
  • He sings four songs: Jingle Bells, Happy Birthday, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
  • Echo performs daily at Animal Gardens with seven other birds; they talk and do tricks, from painting to scooter riding.
  • In 2005, Echo was on Animal Planet's Pet Star and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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