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  • Parrot missing for years returns speaking Spanish

    10/13/2014 12:37:15 PM PDT · by dware · 17 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 10.13.2014 | AP via Yahoo!
    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner — and the bird now speaks Spanish.
  • 50-Foot Dead Parrot Drops Into London to Promote Monty Python Reunion

    07/16/2014 7:16:50 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 35 replies
    Adweek ^ | July 16, 2014 | David Griner
    What's a Monty Python reunion without a dead parrot? And why settle for a simple prop you can bang on the counter when you could have a monstrous, 50-foot-tall dead parrot? To promote the live broadcast of the comedy troupe's July 20 performance, UKTV's Gold channel and sculptor Iain Prendergast created a massive fiberglass dead parrot, which was suspended from a crane and laid talons-up in London's Potters Field this week.
  • Parrot loves playing peek-a-boo. (video only)

    05/28/2014 7:03:27 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 27 replies
    dump.com ^ | 5-28-2014 | Gregory Fultz
    Cody having a chat with his mom. Cody is a ring necked parakeet. He is about 10 years old.
  • Grump the Parrot

    11/27/2013 3:53:37 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 10 replies
    Yhe Oatmeal ^ | November. 2013 | The Oatmeal
  • Sweary Grey Parrot Turns Air Blue in Welsh Accent and Squawks ‘I’m in the Valleys’

    09/27/2013 10:02:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Wednesday 25 Sep 2013
    When the Fisk family welcomed Basil the parrot into their home they hoped he would be chatty. On meeting mother of three Sarah Fisk for the first time he announced himself with a polite ‘hello.’ But when she replied he told her to ‘x off’ – in a Welsh accent. He then started squawking ‘I’m in the Valleys’ followed by ‘x’ and ‘x’. Basil had come to Bristol from the Vale of Glamorgan and his former owners claimed he only knew ‘a couple of swear words’. ‘It was quite shocking the first time he did it – I didn’t quite...
  • Vatican: Get time off in purgatory by following Pope on Twitter

    07/18/2013 5:57:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 61 replies
    CBS ^ | 7/18/13
    The Vatican is taking a modern approach to one of its oldest traditions, by offering indulgences to Twitter followers of the Pontifex's social media account. Aware that some Catholics may not be able afford to travel to Brazil, where World Youth Day is being held from July 23-28, and perhaps also in an effort to modernize himself, Pope Francis is making this first-time offer to the faithful who follow the events in Rio de Janeiro online. Under Catholic belief, after confessing and being absolved of sin, the indulgences granted reduce the amount of time one spends in purgatory....
  • Parrot Caught Singing Let the Bodies Hit the Floor (Youtube)

    02/27/2013 8:19:23 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dec 6, 2011 | Funnynetvids
    Let the bodies hit the floor Let the bodies hit the floor Let the bodies hit the floor Let the bodies hit the... floor! Beaten, why for (why for) Can't take much more
  • Meanwhile at the Little Commie Shop (or Dead Hugo) - Vanity

    03/05/2013 7:28:49 PM PST · by mnehring · 9 replies
    Vanity
    Mr. Castro: 'Ello, I wish to register a complaint. (The owner does not respond.)Mr. Castro: 'Ello, Miss?Owner: What do you mean "miss"?Mr. Castro: (pause)I'm sorry, I have a cold. I wish to make a complaint!Owner: We're closin' for lunch.Mr. Castro: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this Hugo what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique.Owner: Oh yes, the, uh, the Venezulian Red...What's,uh...What's wrong with it?Mr. Castro: I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. 'E's dead, that's what's wrong with it!Owner: No, no, 'e's uh,...he's resting.Mr. Castro: Look, matey, I...
  • Iowa Man charged with DWI with zebra, parrot in truck

    05/23/2012 8:39:10 AM PDT · by Dogrobber · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2012 | Fox News
    DUBUQUE, Iowa – An Iowa man stopped outside a Dubuque bar with a small zebra and a parrot in his truck has been charged with drunken driving. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/22/iowa-man-with-zebra-parrot-in-truck-gets-dui/print#ixzz1vhvvxF00
  • Attention NYers -Performing parrot lost in NY

    11/30/2011 9:36:12 AM PST · by Winstons Julia · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/28/11 | staff
    Captain is a green and yellow Amazon Parrot who has performed with Kirson at venues like senior citizens’ homes and children’s hospitals. Captain flew off Kirson’s shoulder while they were on a bike ride along Ocean Parkway in Kensington the day after Thanksgiving. After media outlets covered the story, Kirson received a call from someone who had seen a bird with Captain’s features flying between two trees in Owl’s Head Park.
  • It’s Worse Than We Thought… Obama’s Dead Parrot Economy Actually Lost 26,000 Jobs in June

    07/10/2011 1:35:48 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 38 replies
    Gateway Pundit Rightnetwork ^ | July10,2011 | Jim Hoft
    Can you say Double-Dip? Barack Obama’s trillion dollar stimulus did not just fail… It failed magnificently. The dead parrot economy actually lost 26,000 jobs in June rather than creating 18,000. The New York Post reported, via JWF: The Labor Department officially announced that only 18,000 jobs were created during the month of June compared to May’s levels. That’s considerably below the 157,000 jobs that payroll-processing firm ADP said on Thursday were added by companies in the private sector. Our economy is said to need at least 150,000 jobs a month just to keep up with people entering the workforce. So...
  • Parrot Sings Let the Bodies Hit the Floor

    12/18/2010 4:43:17 PM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies · 1+ views
    YouTube ^ | November 8, 2010 | peachy525
    Lolita practices singing Drowning Pool's "Bodies". It's not fake. Check out the other videos I have of Lolita singing. Compare her voice. She is a 6-year-old Yellow-Nape Amazon.
  • Einstein the Parrot (video)

    10/21/2010 9:07:54 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 4 replies
    Animal Planet via Google Videos ^ | Einstein and his owner
    Talking Parrot amuses many people all over the world More at www.banner-board.com
  • Pet Lovers Warned Against 'Ex-Parrot' Scam (It's Just Resting)

    10/10/2010 10:59:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/10/10 | Paul Stokes
    Pet lovers are being warned against a cut-price scam which could leave them with an "ex-parrot" on their hands.Trading standards officers across the country have received a catalogue of complaints worthy of the famous Monty Python sketch. In each case, exotic birds sent to people who responded to internet or newspaper advertisements have died soon after arrival. In the 1969 “Dead Parrot Sketch”, Mr Praline, played by John Cleese, returns a Norwegian Blue to a pet shop within half an hour protesting it “has ceased to be”. The shopkeeper, played by Michael Palin, tries to convince him the parrot...
  • Man, Parrot Scuffle On Ann Arbor Street

    09/23/2010 9:24:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    ClickOn Detroit ^ | Wednesday, September 22, 2010
    Witnesses: Man Shook Parrot Until Feathers Came OutA 49-year-old Jackson man has been arrested in Ann Arbor following a fight with the pet parrot he carried in his backpack. Police said 911 calls started coming in around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday with witnesses reporting that a man on South Main Street was violently shaking the bird. Officers who responded to the call said the bird's feathers were scattered everywhere, and that the bird was limping. However, police said, the bird did bite the man several times on his hands, drawing blood. The man told police he had been trying to train...
  • Man arrested after picking fight with pet parrot

    09/22/2010 12:55:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 22, 2010
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- A 49-year-old Jackson man has been arrested in Ann Arbor following a fight with the pet parrot carried in his backpack. Police told Annarbor.com for a story Wednesday that witnesses reported the colorful bird was shaken so violently that its feathers were scattered.
  • Parrot Tries to Tip off (Drug) Cartel in Colombian Bust (Video Chuckle Alert)

    09/17/2010 3:55:02 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/18/2010 | Yahoo News
    Video Linky A parrot in the Colombian city of Barranquilla was seized during a drug raid. Authorities say "Lorenzo" was trying to tip-off a local drug cartel when officers conducted the undercover raid. (Sept. 17)
  • Parrot arrested for aiding drug cartel

    A parrot in Colombia has been arrested after it was seized during a police drugs raid. According to environmental authorities, Lorenzo the parrot was trying to tip-off a local drug cartel when officers conducted an undercover raid early Wednesday. "This parrot was sending out alerts," said police officer Hollman Oliveira. "You could say he was some sort of watch bird." Authorities claim Lorenzo is one of nearly 1700 parrots seized by officials after being trained by drug traffickers to act as lookouts.
  • Woman With Parrot Perched on Face Arrested After Throwing Inhaler

    04/20/2010 1:51:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies · 1,145+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | 4/20/10 | Ryan Gauthier
    A 49-year-old woman was arrested as police claim she nearly struck an officer with a thrown inhaler. Janice McCoy-Nuttle, of the 900 block of Beech Street, was laying in a bed surrounded by as many as seven Chihuahaus and 10 cages filled with birds. Police report a white parrot was standing on her forehead at the time, biting her face, while another smaller bird was perched on her chest. She was reportedly intoxicated to the point where she could not stand up and speak to officers and was unable to remove the bird from her face. Police were dispatched to...
  • VIDEO: Fry finds 'funniest ever' mating ritual

    10/05/2009 2:18:26 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 16 replies · 2,360+ views
    bbc. ^ | 2 October 2009
    When Stephen Fry goes in search of the rare kakapo - "the old night parrot of New Zealand" - he finds himself privy to an unusual mating ritual which is "one of the funniest things he has ever seen".
  • Ralph Nader, Fiction Writer (Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!)

    09/23/2009 3:46:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 682+ views
    Time ^ | 9/23/09 | Tim Morrison
    Ralph Nader has been many things: lawyer, consumer-rights bulldog, political activist and perennial third-party presidential candidate. He has now added a new title to his business card: fiction writer. His latest book, Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!, is a 700-page populist fantasy in which a small group of billionaires and media moguls — led by Warren Buffett and including Ted Turner, George Soros, Bill Cosby, Yoko Ono and Phil Donahue — pool their massive resources to reform the U.S. With the help of a $15 billion war chest and a p.r. campaign starring a talking parrot, the group successfully...
  • Brazen parrot steals passport, heads into bush

    Polly wants a passport — and isn't above stealing one. A brazen parrot, which spotted a Scottish man's passport in a colored bag in the luggage compartment under a tour bus, nabbed the document and made off into dense bush with it, the Southland Times newspaper reported Friday. The bird — a parrot of the Kea variety — made its move while the bus was stopped along the highway to Milford Sound on South Island, and the driver was looking through the compartment. Milford Sound, which runs inland from the Tasman Sea and is surrounded by sheer rock face, is...
  • Gordo the skateboarding parrot stolen

    03/26/2009 12:12:21 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 425+ views
    sfgate ^ | (03-26)
    A birdnapper snatched Gordo the skateboarding parrot. The 30-year-old green Guatemalan parrot, a popular attraction for a decade in the San Gabriel Valley community of Baldwin Park, was taken from his front porch cage Wednesday morning...Mireles says the birdnapper is "up against a can of worms" because Gordo isn't used to strangers and will start biting.
  • Parrot awarded for yelling about choking baby

    03/23/2009 10:23:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 534+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/23/09 | AP
    DENVER – A parrot that alerted his owner about a baby who was choking was recognized as a hero by the Red Cross. Willie the parrot was given the Animal Lifesaver Award during the "Breakfast of Champions" event attended by Gov. Bill Ritter and Mayor John Hickenlooper. .. Willie repeatedly yelled "Mama, baby" when Howard went to the bathroom and the toddler started to choke on her breakfast.
  • Parrot mimics owner's voice to boss around her other pets

    01/16/2009 11:39:10 AM PST · by libstripper · 32 replies · 1,168+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | January 16, 2009 | Telegraph.co.uk
    Barney, an African Grey Parrot, calls Margaret Sullivan's three dogs – Harry, Tilly and Bluey – by name. The bird, 10, squawks out orders like "come here" and even offers praise to his favourites such as "good dog". Mrs Sullivan, 65, who lives in Tredworth, Gloucestershire, with partner Ken Kersey, 62, admitted that Barney has a "very high opinion of himself".
  • Book review - "Alex & Me": story of a remarkable bird and the woman who loved him

    11/22/2008 10:54:40 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 25 replies · 878+ views
    Scientist Irene Pepperberg was about to board a plane for Tucson, Ariz., when a peevish reservations clerk refused to let her on with a bird cage. No matter that her avian companion, "Alex Pepperberg," the famous African Grey parrot, had his own ticket — and the papers to prove he was a valuable research subject and TV celebrity. "And I suppose you ordered him a meal?" the agent sniped, after being overruled by a supervisor. "Yes, as a matter of fact, I did," Pepperberg said without missing a beat. "He's getting the fruit plate."
  • Parrot given Prozac after owner dies

    11/20/2008 6:41:31 PM PST · by BGHater · 42 replies · 828+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 20 Nov 2008 | Charlotte Bailey
    A parrot is taking Prozac for depression following the death of its owner. Fred, an African Grey parrot, was owned by George Dance, who had rasied him from a chick. After Mr Dance died nine months ago, Fred became depressed and bit off all of his neck feathers. He also began to bob his head up and down all day as a result of his low mood. The bird has now been prescribed a twice-daily liquid dose of a bird-friendly version of Prozac, called Clomicalm. George's widow Helen, from Somerset, told The Sun: "He has been in quite a state...
  • Polly Wanna Go Home?

    05/30/2008 7:26:50 AM PDT · by fings · 95+ views
    (TOKYO - When Yosuke the parrot flew out of his cage and got lost, he did exactly what he had been taught - recite his name and address to a stranger willing to help. Police rescued the African grey parrot two weeks ago from a neighbor’s roof in the city of Nagareyama, near Tokyo. After spending a night at the station, he was transferred to a nearby veterinary hospital while police searched for clues, local policeman Shinjiro Uemura said.) I imagine, while being kept at the police station, the parrot was banging his cage with a tin cup yelling, “Let...
  • Lost parrot tells veterinarian his address

    05/25/2008 5:11:23 AM PDT · by dennisw · 14 replies · 118+ views
    yahoo. ^ | Wed May 21, 7:51 PM ET
    TOKYO - When Yosuke the parrot flew out of his cage and got lost, he did exactly what he had been taught — recite his name and address to a stranger willing to help. ADVERTISEMENT Police rescued the African grey parrot two weeks ago from a neighbor's roof in the city of Nagareyama, near Tokyo. After spending a night at the station, he was transferred to a nearby veterinary hospital while police searched for clues, local policeman Shinjiro Uemura said. He kept mum with the cops, but began chatting after a few days with the vet. "I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura,"...
  • Lost parrot tells veterinarian his address (but clams up to cops)

    05/21/2008 10:33:54 AM PDT · by southernnorthcarolina · 35 replies · 76+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 21, 2008
    TOKYO - When Yosuke the parrot flew out of his cage and got lost, he did exactly what he had been taught — recite his name and address to a stranger willing to help. Police rescued the African grey parrot two weeks ago from a neighbor's roof in the city of Nagareyama, near Tokyo. After spending a night at the station, he was transferred to a nearby veterinary hospital while police searched for clues, local policeman Shinjiro Uemura said. He kept mum with the cops, but began chatting after a few days with the vet. "I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the...
  • Old parrott wasn't pinin' for the fjords

    05/17/2008 10:37:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 114+ views
    Ipswich Evening Star ^ | May 15, 2008 | unattributed
    Dr David Waterhouse, assistant curator of Natural History at Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, could not resist the Monty Python associations after the discovery of a fossil which he says is the oldest parrot ever found. The dead parrot in the classic sketch was a Norwegian Blue, but the one which Dr Waterhouse has been studying was found on the isle of Morse in the northwest of Denmark... Officially named Mopsitta tanta, the bird has already been nicknamed the Danish Blue, and like John Cleese in the sketch, his first task was to establish it actually was a parrot. He...
  • This Is an Ex-Candidate (Hillary is like dead parrot from Monty Python)

    05/14/2008 9:55:04 AM PDT · by prolifefirst · 23 replies · 57+ views
    Washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/14/08 | Dana Milbank
    CUSTOMER: "Look, matey, I know a dead parrot when I see one, and I'm looking at one right now." PET-SHOP OWNER: "No, no he's not dead, he's -- he's resting! Remarkable bird, the Norwegian blue, isn't it, aye? Beautiful plumage!" -- From "Monty Python's Flying Circus" 11:45 a.m., Melrose Hotel, Foggy Bottom: It's Day 7 of the Clinton Campaign Death Watch -- a full week since the official arbiter of the Democratic primary, Tim Russert, declared the campaign over and Barack Obama the nominee. Hillary Clinton's advisers continue to insist that the candidate's prospects are very much alive, but the...
  • My Parrot's Song

    03/09/2008 6:07:26 PM PDT · by Revski · 16 replies · 398+ views
    My animated parrot, with a nice hello, will sing it song. Revski
  • Parrot imitates fire alarm, saves family

    10/23/2007 7:41:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 96+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | October 23, 2007
    MUNCIE, Ind. - A noisy parrot that likes to imitate sounds helped save a man and his son from a house fire by mocking a smoke alarm, the bird's owner says. ADVERTISEMENT Shannon Conwell, 33, said he and his 9-year-old son fell asleep on the couch while watching a movie. They awoke about 3 a.m. Friday to find their home on fire after hearing the family's Amazon parrot, Peanut, imitating a fire alarm."He was really screaming his head off," Conwell said.The smoke alarm had activated, but it was the bird's call that caught Conwell's attention."I grabbed my son and my...
  • Parrot sounds fire alarm, saves family, owner says (IN)

    10/21/2007 7:25:38 PM PDT · by Kimmers · 11 replies · 66+ views
    WTHR ^ | 10/21/07 | Emily Longnecker
    Muncie - A family's new pet likely saved their lives Friday night. Shannon Conwell and his 9-year-old son fell asleep on the couch while watching a movie. Around 3 a.m., they were awakened to find their home on fire after hearing the family's parrot, Peanut, imitating a smoke alarm. "The bird just started squawking, and he mocks everything he hears," Conwell said. "He was really screaming his head off." While the smoke alarm was going off, it was the bird's call that caught Conwell's attention. "I sit up, smoke everywhere and then I get up and I see fire starting....
  • Alex has died (African Grey Parrot)

    09/08/2007 11:55:49 AM PDT · by grjr21 · 64 replies · 2,972+ views
    The Alex Foundation ^ | Sept . 7 2007 | Arlene Levin-Rowe - Pepperberg
    We are deeply saddened to announce Alex died Friday morning, September 7, 2007, of unknown causes. We will have a formal press release on Monday when we know the cause of death. He was absolutely fine yesterday and he was found dead this morning. Dr. Pepperberg will take the weekend to mourn his death. We hope to have more information on Monday We miss him so much. Thank you, Arlene Levin-Rowe - Pepperberg Lab Manager and the Pepperberg Lab Staff    
  • Cockatoo adopts a bowl of Creme Eggs

    04/06/2007 11:02:46 AM PDT · by bedolido · 78 replies · 2,374+ views
    thisislondon ^ | 4-6-2007 | staff writer
    Like every devoted mother bird, Pippa the silver crested cockatoo is ready to defend her clutch of eggs to the death. Sadly for her, however, they will never hatch. For Pippa has adopted a bowl containing 20 Cadbury's Creme Eggs, which her owner Geoff Grewcock had intended to hand to friends and family over Easter. The 17-year-old bird squawks and flaps whenever anyone approaches. "When I first saw her perched there I thought it was hilarious but now I'm a bit worried about her," he said at his home in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
  • German Police Battle Giant Parrot

    A giant escaped parrot has been caught by police after a violent struggle in which it tore up the uniform of one of the arresting officers, police said. Walkers in a forest near the town of Walldürn in southwestern Germany had alerted police that a huge bird with a colorful plumage was sitting in a tree. Two policemen dispatched to the scene caught sight of the parrot, which was about 90 centimeters (about three feet) long. "He didn't say anything, and definitely didn't provide his name and address. He just screeched deafeningly," said a spokesman for the Walldürn police. "It...
  • Sderot family complains about traumatized parrot

    06/19/2006 2:15:23 PM PDT · by Alouette · 16 replies · 543+ views
    YNet ^ | June 19, 2006 | Matan Tzuri
    Cohen family, who lives near town's rocket alert system's speakers, says its pet parrot constantly screams 'Red Dawn' Cookie the parrot, who belongs to the Cohen family in Sderot, has apparently undergone a trauma as a result of the ongoing rocket barrage the town has been subjected to in the last months. The proximity of the Cohen's house to the town's rocket alert system's loudspeakers, which go off whenever a Qassam is launched at the area and sound the words "Red Dawn," seems to have affected the parrot badly. "Once he used to curse and talk like a parrot, but...
  • Stolen parrot who likes Coke was traded for coke

    04/21/2006 1:30:17 PM PDT · by LA Woman3 · 3 replies · 198+ views
    KTBS ^ | 04/21/2006 | CHRIS REDFORD
    A talkative parrot stolen from a Shreveport home was found Thursday while police were investigating complaints about drug dealing. Police said the parrot, who likes to drink Coke, may have been traded by somebody who wanted coke of the illegal variety. The 15-year-old blue and gold Macaw Parrot, named Bubba, was stolen this past Saturday from a house on Ravendale Drive. A police officer and probation officers found him as they investigated complaints about drug crimes on a street in North Shreveport. Police Cpl. Mary Coburn said they went into a house on Simpkins Drive and found $9,000 worth of...
  • Feathers fly over wind farm ban(enviro-friendly wind farm killed by ecofreaks)

    04/06/2006 1:47:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 871+ views
    The Age ^ | 04/06/06 | Liz Minchin, Nassim Khadem and Peter Ker
    Feathers fly over wind farm ban By Liz Minchin, Nassim Khadem and Peter Ker April 6, 2006 THE future of wind energy in Australia is under a cloud after the Federal Government blocked a proposed $220 million wind farm in South Gippsland to protect a rare parrot — despite a report showing that the bird has rarely flown near the site. Federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell yesterday sparked a slanging match after overturning the Victorian Government's approval of the Bald Hills wind farm, near Tarwin Lower, on the grounds that it may affect the endangered orange-bellied parrot. Senator Campbell said...
  • Mouthy Parrot 'Reveals Sex Secret'

    01/29/2006 4:18:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 751+ views
    CNN ^ | Tuesday, January 17, 2006
    <p>LONDON, England -- A computer programmer found out his girlfriend was having an affair when his pet parrot kept repeating her lover's name, British media reported Tuesday.</p> <p>The African grey parrot kept squawking "I love you, Gary" as his owner, Chris Taylor, sat with girlfriend Suzy Collins on the sofa of their shared flat in Leeds, northern England.</p>
  • Talking parrot gives away girlfriend's secret lover

    01/17/2006 6:08:07 PM PST · by seastay · 4 replies · 317+ views
    Telegraph Group Limited ^ | 17/01/2006 | By Paul Stokes
    There were, to coin a phrase, three of them in the relationship - plus a parrot called Ziggy.For Chris Taylor, however, the only cloud on his horizon was that his girlfriend did not share his fondness for the eight-year-old African grey he had bought as a chick. But if relations between Suzy Collins and Ziggy were always on the cool side, it seems fair to say that now they must be deep frozen after the parrot's mimicry revealed the existence of Miss Collins's secret lover, known only as Gary. At first, 30-year-old Mr Taylor was amused when Ziggy started screeching...
  • Tell-tale parrot exposes cheating girlfriend

    01/17/2006 8:32:11 AM PST · by doc30 · 53 replies · 2,750+ views
    MSNBC ^ | MSNBC
    LONDON - Chris Taylor, a 30-year-old British computer programmer, grew suspicious of his live-in girlfriend when his pet parrot began to imitate her saying, “I love you, Gary.” Ziggy, an 8-year-old African gray parrot, would also make kissing noises whenever the name Gary was mentioned on TV and would mimic Suzy Collins saying, “Hiya, Gary,” every time she answered her mobile phone.
  • Parrot lifts lid on woman's affair

    01/16/2006 7:38:29 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 55 replies · 911+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 17 January 2006
    A TALKATIVE parrot was being blamed for the break-up of a couple's relationship after squawking the name of the woman's secret lover, British newspapers reported today. Ziggy, an eight-year-old African grey, prompted a confession from 25-year-old call centre worker Suzy Collins that she was having a four-month fling with a former colleague when the pet blurted out: "Gary, I love you." The bird had previously said "Hiya, Gary" when Collins' mobile phone rang and made kissing noises when the name was mentioned on radio or television but its owner, Chris Taylor, from Leeds, northern England, laughed it off. But the...
  • Parrot Attacks, Helps ID Burglary Suspect

    01/16/2006 9:38:22 AM PST · by Cagey · 30 replies · 706+ views
    AP ^ | 1-16-2006
    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Polly want a burglar? A pet parrot attacked a man who broke into its owner's apartment, and the bite and blood marks helped police identify a suspect. The blue and gold macaw hybrid named Sunshine attacked Michael L. Deeter, 44, after he broke into the apartment, police said. Sunshine had blood on its beak and Deeter had marks on his hand consistent with those made by a parrot. Deeter, of Williamsport, told police the bird bit him very hard after he entered James Erb's apartment and he still had the marks to prove it when he...
  • Cheating hubby exposed by parrot

    12/28/2005 10:29:52 PM PST · by SECRET ASIAN MAN · 15 replies · 800+ views
    ANANOVA.COM ^ | 12/2005
    A cheating husband was exposed after his wife's parrot mimicked his voice calling out another woman's name. Frank Ficker, 50, has now been kicked out of the family home by wife Petra, also 50, after she heard their 12-year-old parrot Hugo impersonating him on the phone to another woman.Petra, of Freiburg, Germany, said: "Hugo always liked to mimic Frank and he could do his voice perfectly."Frank asking who's at the door, Frank yelling at our nephews, Frank telling me he loved me. And then one day I heard him doing Frank's voice, but saying "Uta, Uta"."Petra turned the house upside...
  • British navy parrot with potty mouth sent ashore with feathers in tow

    11/25/2005 2:30:53 PM PST · by Levante · 14 replies · 681+ views
    National Post News Services ^ | Friday, November 25, 2005
    A Royal navy parrot with a reputation for embarrassing top brass with her foul mouth has been ordered ashore. But it was not Sunny's swearing that led to her being taken off the British frigate, Lancaster. She has been given extended shore leave on medical advice after plucking out her feathers and looking withdrawn. Sunny a six-year-old African grey with the official service number of RN Parrot No 1, has a habit of squawking "arse" and "bollocks" at inappropriate moments. During a visit in 2001 by the First Sea Lord, Sunny was banished to a cupboard but could still be...
  • Parrot Worker Left Untreated For Days (H5N1 Flu UK)

    11/12/2005 5:17:55 PM PST · by blam · 15 replies · 782+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-13-2005 | Philip Edwards
    Parrot worker left untreated for days By Philip Edwards (Filed: 13/11/2005) Crucial treatment for a hospital worker exposed to Britain's first case of deadly bird flu through his other job as a quarantine worker was delayed by at least three days because of a blunder by government officials, the Sunday Telegraph has learnt. Officials at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are understood to have risked an outbreak of the disease by failing to alert local health authorities that Howard Savage urgently needed antiviral treatment. Mr Savage, who runs the quarantine centre where two infected parrots died, approached...
  • Swearing parrot banned

    07/27/2005 12:31:41 AM PDT · by kingattax · 11 replies · 460+ views
    News Limited ^ | July 27, 2005
    A FOUL-mouthed parrot previously owned by a lorry driver has been banished from public areas in a British animal sanctuary after repeatedly embarrassing his keepers. Barney, a five-year-old Macaw, is now kept indoors at Warwickshire Animal Sanctuary in Nuneaton, central England, when outsiders visit after abusing dignitaries with swearword-littered insults. "He's told a lady mayoress to f--- off and he told a lady vicar: 'And you can f--- off as well'," sanctuary worker Stacey Clark said. Nor did the forces of law and order escape, she added. "Two policemen came to have a look at the centre. He told them:...