LONDON – When Lincolnshire Wildlife Park Chief Executive Officer Steve Nicholls heard employees screaming loudly in the next room, he went to tell them.
But there were no employees in the next room. Just birds.
He then realized that five parrots visiting the park in the same week shared an unfortunate symptom: they were all dirty, dirty mouths.
With more colorful language than plumage, African gray parrots – Billy, Elsie, Eric, Jade and Tyson – used different curse words in different British accents, but they were all unexpectedly obese. Mr Nicholls said that at one time, a group of women passing the aviary thought the lewd comments shouted at him belonged to a hidden staff member.
He said the park had no complaints – indeed, visitors were swearing behind the birds – but park officials feared that children and parents might not enjoy the experience, he said. The chirpy bird was moved to a temporary location away from people’s eyes, allowing them time to be around more family-friendly birds and clear their vocabulary.
The birds are expected to be taken back to the main colony on Wednesday after taking time for poor behavior.
A major parrot language problem, he said, was hilarious.
“When a parrot swears, it is very difficult for other humans not to laugh,” he said. “And when we laugh, it’s a positive reaction. And so, what they do is learn both laughter and swear words. “
“It’s not so bad with one in itself,” he continued. “But then, if you get the five together, one swears one and the other laughs, and the other laughs, before you know it, it’s a group of teenagers or an old working men’s club. Looks like. “
One parrot was particularly blunt, saying: “Billy is the worst.”
About 130 miles north of London, birds from five different owners across Britain arrived at the park. Each owner apologized that their pet might have picked up some choice words, Mr. Nichols said.
They were among about 20 birds arriving in a single week and spent a week in quarantine. (Other people have been treated well.) Parrots are generally quiet when they are first kept in public, so employees thought it safe to put them outside.
It was not. When Mr. Nichols first saw visitors gathering outside the aviary, he thought he was there to see Chico, who achieved a modest feat for the month, singing Beyoncé’s “If I Wear a Boy”. Learn for Instead, they saw parrots and guests brutally cursing each other.
Now that the birds have been removed from public displays, some guests are arriving who have heard of rude birds, but do not know which cage they are in. So they swear by all the birds, they hope ‘I’ll get some abuses,’ Mr. Nicholas said.
Mr. Nichols said that excavation was required. The park was forced to close for 20 weeks during efforts to curb the coronavirus epidemic, and has been hammered financially. And as the center has taken in more birds than ever, parrot owners working from home suddenly realize that they have forced their pets to spend too much time in cages.
Parrots can pick up frequently used words from their owners, mimicking sounds even if they do not understand the meanings. The park sometimes takes in such unscrupulous birds, but five were “the most amazing set of coincidences” in a single week, Mr. Nichols said.
Coasing is not usually a problem, he said – although parrots maintain a memory of mischievous words, they usually adapt their behavior to a larger colony, most of which do not call paying customers inexplicable names. Mr. Nicholls expected her to be his best man.
“They’ve probably got a pretty good vocabulary,” he said. “This is the only word we heard.”