Foul-mouthed parrots return to wildlife park – despite failed efforts to tame their tongues

A group of parrots removed from public viewing in 2020 for using inappropriate language have returned to a public enclosure.

The five African Gray parrots were removed after their swearing and obscenities were noticed by staff members.

They were taken to mix with a group of other parrots – all with more political language skills – in the hope they would pick up the better behaviour.

However it was not to be and they are now returning with their choice language as bad as ever.

Billy, Tyson, Eric, Jade and Elsie are back in the public view at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park and chief executive officer, Steve Nichols said they are doing well, reports Lincolnshire Live.

He said: “We had them offshore for a number of months and in that time we integrated them with about 15 more African Grays who had different vocal abilities.

“We hoped that they would learn from what they heard repetitively over time.

“Some of these parrots are exceptional talkers so the plan was that they would pick up some of their good words.

“Sadly it’s not really happened that way.”

The five parrots come from five separate UK homes and were originally pets.

Mr Nichols said: “Billy might swear, and then Tyson will laugh, and then Eric will swear and Jade will laugh.

“People have demanded that they get put on show so we’ve stopped worrying.

“I think we will have more problems with people swearing than parrots swearing.”

He added: “There’s a warning there if people don’t want to stand there.

“We’ve had enough of the dark world with Covid so it brings some light-heartedness.”

Mr Nichols explained how he thinks the parrots first picked up the swearing.

African gray parrot

He said: “Ninety-nine per cent of people when they have a parrot try to get it to say or do something unusual and swear words are by far the most common.

“When you swear you say it in a certain context which is similar every time and it gives the parrots a way of tuning in and repeating it.

“When they do repeat it, naturally people laugh because they find it really amusing, not realizing that they’re giving the parrot license to do it as much as possible.”

The Boston park opened in 2003 and is home to over 1,500 parrots.

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