California parrot that vanished for four years returns speaking Spanish: Paper

The bird used to speak English with a British accent before going missing

Reuters October 15, 2014

LOS ANGELES: The owner of a parrot that spoke English with a British accent says the bird went missing for four years, only to return speaking Spanish and asking for someone named Larry, a Southern California newspaper reported on Monday.

Darren Chick told the Daily Breeze newspaper that he doesn't know where African grey parrot Nigel has been for four years but that aside from the language switch, the bird is doing fine back at home.

"He's doing perfect," Chick told the paper. "It's really weird, I knew it was him from the minute I saw him."

Nigel was discovered in the back yard of a Torrance couple who run a dog grooming business and originally was thought to belong to Teresa Micco, who had placed an ad for her own missing parrot, the Breeze reported.

When Micco, a veterinarian's technician, realized that Nigel wasn't her bird, she was able to trace him via the original sales records to Chick, who was stunned to recover his lost bird after four years, the paper said.


Sexton Blake | 7 years ago | Reply

Golly gosh, a dual language parrot. Jolly good sir or should we say muy bien senor, but who would have thought. I wonder, should we address the parrot as Senorita, Senor, Mr or Ms?

Muhammad Irshad | 7 years ago | Reply

What a loyal and educated parrot :)

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