Five ‘naughty’ parrots have been separated for swearing in unison at zoo visitors

Five parrots had to be separated after encouraging each other to use foul language on visitors.

Five ‘naughty’ parrots have been separated for swearing in unison at zoo visitors
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Staff of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre have been forced to keep apart five parrots who have become notorious for their foul language.

Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade and Elsie were removed from public viewing this week due to their inappropriate behaviour.

Good humour

They are part of a colony of 200 African grey parrots and were quarantining together upon arrival. However, they soon overwhelmed staff with their foul language.

The centre's chief executive, Steve Nichols, told AP

We are quite used to parrots swearing, but we've never had five at the same time...Most parrots clam up outside, but for some reason these five relish it.

The center confirmed that they had not received any complaint from visitors and that instead of being offended, most people found the swearing parrots hilarious.

When a parrot tells you to 'f*** off' it amuses people very highly. It's brought a big smile to a really hard year.

Separation

Despite visitors finding the parrots amusing, the zoo decided to keep them away from children to ensure they didn't upset any parents.

The sanctuary explained the five parrots have each been moved to different areas of the zoo to stop them from unduly provoking each other.

These parrots have a long lifespan and can outlive their human owners. Getty Images

The African grey parrot is considered to be one of the most accomplished mimics. These parrots, when raised by humans, show an amazing ability to mimic people and noisy objects.

Monogamous by nature, these parrots have a long lifespan and can outlive their human owners.