After Missing For 4 Years, An English-Speaking African Grey Parrot Returned Home Speaking Spanish

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If you’ve ever seen an African Grey parrot, you know that they are beautiful birds. But did you know that they can learn up to or more than 1,000 words and use the words they learn in the right way? It would be an understatement to say that these birds are smart, but that’s not the only thing that makes the African Grey parrot so unique. Take Nigel, for example- an African grey parrot who used to speak in English. One day he disappeared and was found four years later. However, when Nigel returned to his owner, he no longer spoke English. Instead, he became fluent in speaking Spanish. Read on to learn some of the most interesting and fun things about African Grey parrots and about Nigel’s story.

11 Nigel disappeared and was found four years later speaking a different language

One day, an African parrot named Nigel disappeared from his California owner’s house. The cute little parrot was found 4 years later, but he was a bit different. The only difference was that the parrot spoke a different language.

Nigel disappeared and was found four years later speaking a different language

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10 He now spoke Spanish

When the parrot went missing, it used to talk in English. However, when it was found, it was surprisingly speaking Spanish. Julia Sperling, who owns a place where dogs get groomed, found the sweet parrot. The pet was given back to its owner. After being apart for four years, the parrot’s owner was happy to see his lovely bird again.

He now spoke Spanish

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9 He was found by a woman who saw his missing picture in an ad

The picture of the lost parrot was in the ad, which is how the woman who found the bird saw it. Now that they are back together, they are happy, even though the parrot talks in Spanish, barks like a dog, and says, “What happened?” in Spanish.

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8 Some interesting fact about African grey parrots- there is more than one type of parrot

Even though all African grey parrots look pretty much the same, there are two main types and a few lesser-known subspecies. The Congo African grey is the most common and well-known. The Congo African grey is the biggest of the African grey parrots. Its feathers are a lighter shade of grey, and its beak is solid black. The Timneh African grey is the second most common type. It was recognized as a separate species in 2012. The Congo African grey is a bit bigger than the Timneh African grey, and its feathers are darker. Another thing that makes the Timneh grey unique is that its upper mandible is horn-colored instead of black. Even though they are different, these African grey parrots make great pets and are just as smart.

Some interesting fact about African grey parrots- there is more than one type of parrot

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