Charlie (parrot)

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Charlie
SpeciesBlue-and-yellow macaw (Ara ararauna)
SexFemale
Hatched1899
England
DiedLast reported on in 2014 at 115. Unknown if still alive.
TrainingEnglish words
OwnerHeathfield Nurseries, Reigate

Charlie, also known as Charlie the Curser was a female blue-and-yellow macaw who lived for decades in a garden centre in Reigate, Surrey, England.[1]

Claimed association with Churchill[edit]

The owner claimed the parrot was that of Sir Winston Churchill while he was prime minister during World War II. He claims that his father-in-law sold the parrot to Churchill in 1937 and then reclaimed the bird shortly after Churchill's death in 1965. According to his stories, the vocal bird was taught by Churchill to shout curses at Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.[2]

The claim is solidly rejected by the administrators of the Chartwell property, Churchill's former country home, who note only that he kept a grey parrot elsewhere. Further, Churchill's daughter, Lady Soames, has denied her father ever owned a macaw. She added he owned a grey parrot named Polly, but sold the bird before becoming Prime Minister.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "'Hello': Having a chat with Churchill's parrot and - at 114-years-old - one of Reigate's oldest residents". Surrey Mirror.
  2. ^ a b "Daughter scotches Churchill parrot claim," BBC News. 21 January 2004.

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