Parrot missing for years returns speaking Spanish An African grey parrot (AP photo / Reuters)
Parrot missing for years returns speaking Spanish
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A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner and the bird now speaks Spanish.

The reunion was brought about by a Southern California veterinarian who mistook Nigel, an African gray parrot, for her own missing bird, the newspaper Daily Breeze reported.

Teresa Micco then tracked Nigel's microchip to Darren Chick, a Brit who lives in Torrance.

"I introduced myself and said, 'Have you lost a bird?'" Micco said. "He initially said, 'No.' But he thought I meant recently."

When she verified Chick's name and said she had his African grey parrot, "He looked at me like I was crazy."

He said his bird went missing four years earlier.

Little is known about Nigel's whereabouts the past four years, but Chick says the bird's British accent is gone, and it now chatters in Spanish.

Chick says last week's reunion brought tears of joy to his eyes, despite the fact that Nigel bit him when he first tried to pick him up.

Micco said the behavior was not unusual and that Nigel would settle back in soon enough.

"He's doing perfect," Chick told the newspaper a few days later. "It's really weird. I knew it was him from the minute I saw him."

It's the fifth parrot reunion facilitated by Micco, who has been running ads for her own missing bird for nine months. That parrot, Benjamin, flew the coop in February when it darted out a door that was left open.

Julissa Sperling found Nigel outside her home and brought him to Micco after seeing one of her ads.

But first, Sperling took Nigel to her dog-grooming business.

"He was the happiest bird. He was singing and talking without control," Sperling said. "He was barking like the dogs. I'm from Panama and he was saying, 'What happened?' in Spanish."

Critical thinking challenge: How can a bird bark like a dog and also speak in Spanish? Does the bird know what it is saying?

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COMMENTS (240)
  • DylanM-4
    10/17/2014 - 12:27 a.m.

    A British man, that lived in Torrance, California lost his parrot four years ago. When. A person finally reunited them they asked if he had lost a parrot, at first he said no but then he realized he had, a long time ago. When he started talking to it, he realized that it was talking I. Spanish. After leaving with a British accent, people don't know what happened over the next four years. This is a very interesting interesting story. It makes sense though because there are a lot of Latino people who live in Southern California.

  • BeckyA-5
    10/17/2014 - 12:28 a.m.

    I find this article awesome! its hard to belive that after a couple years of loosing a bird you could find him/her again, not only that but that it comes back speaking another language!! thats even cooler. I have some doughts about this article, for example im a little confused on how they are a 100% sure its the same bird. I have many mixed emotions about this article but overall it was very intresting and amazing.

  • SpencerR-2
    10/17/2014 - 12:42 a.m.

    This is a story about a bird that was missing for four years. A vet had mistaken nigel for her own lost bird. she had later track down the original owner and found out that that was in fact his bird not hers. this bird was originally speaking with a british accent but since the bird has come back he has talked in spanish. But the important thing is that the owner is reunited with his bird and is now happy :D. The reason the birds got mixed up was because they had the same type of bird.

    this passage was kinda cool i feel happy for the owner and hope he is happy. overall it was very heart warming because i know that feeling about losing a pet.

  • AustinT-2
    10/17/2014 - 12:48 a.m.

    This parrot has been gone for 4 years and the only lay gauge we new how to speak was British. When te bird came back the bird came back speaking sapnish. The birds name is chick, chick was in the daily breeze saying lost bird. Chick is an African grey parrot. African grey parrot are known how to repeat things that the birds owner says. Julissa Sperling is the name of the person that found the bird . I think that this bird was around a person that only spoke fluent Spanish, where ever they were.

  • JohnL-4
    10/17/2014 - 12:54 a.m.

    There was a bird named Nigel that had a British accent, but was lost for four years. When the bird was returned to its owner, it spoke Spanish. Nigel is an African Grey parrot, and The reunion with the owner brought tears of joy to him. Darren Chick recognized the bird from the moment he saw it. The bird, Nigel, seemed uncomfortable at first, but is now singing and chattering all the time. I think that it is great that the owner and his bird were reunited, but parrots just repeat things, so it might only be repeating happy thoughts.

  • LucasH-3
    10/17/2014 - 12:54 a.m.

    A parrot went missing from its home about four years ago, and was finally reunited with its owner. Before it left, the parrot had a British accent. When it returned, it spoke Spanish! When he first returned to the owner, the parrot bit him. Teresa, the owner, said it felt good to have the parrot back.

  • EthanY-1
    10/17/2014 - 12:55 a.m.

    This article is about a parrot who is missing for four years and coming back home speaking Spanish. When it flew away it was speaking English with a British accent. Nigel, the bird was found by a Californian Teresa Micco. She tracked the chip in the bird and it led to Darren Chick who lived in Torrance. When the owner and the bird got back together there were both happier than a leprachaun who found its gold. This passage intrigues me because even after four years of not seeing something it can always come back. It's also funny because the bird used to speak English and now it speaks English. The parrot is also really cool how it learned two different languages.

  • RylandH-3
    10/17/2014 - 01:29 a.m.

    In this article, a pet parrot went missing and four years later the owner tracked the micro chip to a vet who thought it was his. When the bird went missing it had a british accent, four years later the bird had spanish accent. I like this article because it thinks its interesting how the bird changed accents because of the accents it was around.

  • AustinN-3
    10/17/2014 - 01:46 a.m.

    Four years ago, a British guy named Darren Chick lost his African Grey Parrot. Naturally, the bird had an English accent. He was found by a Southern California Vet. She used Nigel's microchip and tracked him to Darren. The funny thing is, when Nigel returned home, he only spoke Spanish. No one knows where Nigel has been for the past four years, but he is fortunately back home.

    This article was very funny and enjoyable. The writing was witty and the content was interesting. I really liked it.

  • aidan2459
    10/17/2014 - 02:33 a.m.

    This article is about a bird who left his owner having a british accent and it coming back knowing spanish.the bird was lost four years ago and then found and brought back ton the owner.The bird was now speaking spanish when it got back to its home. He started barking like a dog and said "what happened" in spanish.I don't even think its the same bird.

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