Sanctuary personnel says the gray parrots encouraged each other to use foul language in order to draw reactions from visitors. Lincolnshire Wildlife Center possesses a 200-bird colony of gray African parrots. The five cussing culprits relocated to the center just a month ago. Their names are Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade, and Elise, according to Yahoo.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Center Chief Executive Steve Nichols told the Associated Press that swearing parrots are nothing new to the staff.
“We are quite used to parrots swearing, but we have never had five at the same time,” he said. “Most parrots clam up when outside, but for some reason these five relish it.”
Nichols noted park visitors found the cussing parrots amusing and many chuckled as the birds unleashed verbal assaults.
“When a parrot tell you to ‘f___ off,’ it amuses people very highly,” he said. “It’s brought a big smile to a really hard year.”
While many found them humorous, bird keepers thought it best to keep the parrots away from children. The five birds were separated and taken to different areas of the sanctuary.
Another concern, according to Nichols, was the birds being bad influences on their colony mates. He told BBC News that the birds swear to draw a reaction from their audience. Hearing people laugh at their vulgarity further encourages them, he said.
“With the five, one would swear and another would laugh and that would carry on,” Nichols said. “But if they teach the others bad language and I end up with 250 swearing bird, I don’t know what we’ll do.”