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Smokey (Parrot)

Smokey is the shop’s resident African Grey Parrot.

Formidable beak first... Smokey has started coming out of her cage.

Formidable beak first... Smokey has started coming out of her cage.

She is six years old. African Greys can live up to 80 years in the wild and remember a massive repitoir of sounds, which is what makes African Greys the best talkers.

We are teaching smokey to talk using picture books and repetition. She can currently tell you what sound cats make (meow) What sounds guineapigs make (squeaksqueaksqueak) and sing her own name.  She also thinks she is a “pretty boy!” We encourage Smokey’s chatting and give her late night lessons on a Wednesday night. She loves the attention!

Smokey has a fantastic memory and makes friends with a lot of the customers that come into our shop. She is still fairly timid about coming out of her cage but is learning how to behave during her time on Lindsay’s shoulder.

Come and chat to our parrot! She gets smarter every time you visit!

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Smokey is the pet shop's resident African Grey Parrot

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