Parrot missing for years returns speaking Spanish
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, Teresa Micco. She mistook Nigel, an African gray parrot, for her own missing bird. The story appeared in the Daily Breeze newspaper.
Micco tracked Nigel's microchip to Darren Chick. He's 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. Chick says the bird's British accent is gone. It now chatters in Spanish.
Chick says last week's reunion brought tears of joy to his eyes. That was despite the fact that Nigel bit him when he tried to pick him up.
Micco said the bird's behavior was not unusual. Nigel would settle back in soon enough, she predicted.
"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."
This is the fifth parrot reunion facilitated by Micco. She has been running ads for her own missing bird. That parrot, Benjamin, flew the coop in February. It darted out a door that was left open.
Julissa Sperling found Nigel outside her home and brought him to Micco. Sperling had seen one of Micco's ads.
But first, Sperling took Nigel to her dog-grooming business.
"He was the happiest bird. He was singing and talking without control," she said. "He was barking like the dogs. I'm from Panama and he was saying, 'What happened?' in Spanish."