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US' New Slew of Feral Parrots 'Here to Stay'

The birds are imported pets that escaped, as well as their descendants

(Newser) - Just two native species of parrots have existed in the US, and one of those species is now extinct, while the other can now be found only in Mexico. So how is it that there are now nearly 60 parrot species scattered in the wild across almost every state? They'... More »

Freddy Krueger the Parrot Apparently Won't Die, Either

Brazilian bird going strong despite being shot, bitten, stolen

(Newser) - Freddy Krueger, the bird, has a face to match Freddy Krueger, the fictional serial killer—which might've been its salvation. The Amazonian parrot sent to a Brazilian zoo four years ago after it was left blinded and burned by a bullet to the upper-beak in a police raid on... More »

Unexpected Find in Drug Bust: a Lookout Parrot

Parrot yelled, 'Mum, the police!' as Brazilian authorities closed in

(Newser) - Stool pigeons tell the police about criminals; parrots tell criminals about the police—or at least there's one that supposedly does in South America. Reaction online to a report out of Brazil's Piaui state is ranging from admiration to incredulity . There, police in the community of Vila Irma... More »

Family Says Parrot Is Key Witness in Man's Murder

'Don't f---ing shoot'

(Newser) - Can a foul-mouthed parrot act as a witness to a murder? That's the question Martin Duram's family wants answered after Duram was killed in his Michigan home in May 2015, WOOD reports. Weeks after the murder, Duram's African grey parrot, Bud, could be heard repeating the phrase... More »

Chatty Parrots Land Owner in NJ Court

Somebody didn't like their porch greetings

(Newser) - A pair of parrots in Avalon, NJ, apparently didn't get the memo that the borough would rather they shut their yappers. Birds Edmund and Arthur landed their owner Elaine Scattergood in court on Monday on a noise citation after police received a complaint in May, reports the Press of ... More »

Most Parrots Are Lefties

Like humans, they prefer one side over the other: Study

(Newser) - Parrots are left-handed … or at least, as left-handed as you can be when you don’t actually have hands. Australian researchers discovered that, like humans, nearly all parrots prefer to use one side of their body over the other: either their left eye and left foot, or right eye... More »

Drunk Parrots Falling From Sky

Australians have to be on alert these days

(Newser) - It's that special season in Australia—you know, when stoned parrots drop from the sky in bunches. Every year around this time, the parrots begin eating some as-yet unidentified substance that renders them unable to fly or do much of anything. "They lose all balance and we do find... More »

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