Thursday, February 02, 2006

Polly's got a cracker

When you search a news website with the word 'parrot', it's surprising how many stories come up. But obviously, there is a pecking order and so we've narrowed it down to just two incredible parrot stories.

First up, we have a story from Berlin. Ananova reports that an ornithologist has set up a dating agency for single parrots.

Rita Ohnhauser's mating agency has been a fly-away success for these monogamous birds. Already, 1,300 singletons have found their partners and Ohnhauser currently has 150 parrots "getting acquainted" with other birds at her sanctuary. "In the wild parrots search out a life partner and then spend every minute of the day with them, but when they are kept as pets they are mainly alone and get very depressed," she explains.

According to Ohnhauser, parrots can either experience a coup de foudre or be very picky about who they settle down with - an avian courtship can last up to three months.

This is where the similarities with humans end. Unlike the couple below, parrots stay together for life.

Chris Taylor, a computer programmer from Leeds, did not expect to ruffle any feathers when his girlfriend Suzy Collins came to live with him and his pet parrot.

However, when Ziggy the parrot was heard repeatedly mimicking Collins' voice addressing sweet nothings to 'Gary' and smooching sounds whenever it heard 'Gary' on TV, he smelled a rat.

It turns out that Collins had been having an affair with ex-work colleague 'Gary' for four months in the parrot's presence.

After Taylor confronted her, Collins has since moved out - but Ziggy had to go too, and was found a new home through the offices of a local parrot dealer. (I very nearly wrote 'pirate dealer'...)

I wasn't sorry to see the back of Suzy after what she did, but it really broke my heart to let Ziggy go," said Taylor.

"I love him to bits and I really miss having him around, but it was torture hearing him repeat that name over and over again."

It's enough to make anyone go crackers, really.

*GirlNibsEd apologies for the lack of posting lately. She's been busy with applications and essays. An excuse she'll probably be parroting for the next few months. Sorry, she couldn't help it.


  • Unless I'm very much mistaken, there are not two but THREE parrots in that picture of cosy domestic bliss. I think the tabloids should be told: "Pretty Polly in three-on-a-perch shocker'.

    By Blogger BoyNibsEd, at 10:20 AM  

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