Pet parrot can speak THREE languages

Who’s a clever boy, then? Meet Rocket the multi-lingual parrot who can squawk in Arabic, Urdu and English.

The blue-fronted Amazon shouts the greeting ‘assalamu alaikum’ – peace be upon you – in Arabic to amazed passers-by.

And he speaks English, too, with a distinctive Asian twang.

His owner Ehsaan Mahmood, 18: “My dad Tariq used to keep parrots in Pakistan and when he moved to England he wanted to get some here as well.

“We had a few smaller green parrots six or seven years ago but we’ve had Rocket for two years now.

“When we got him he could only say ‘Hello’ but now he’s got quite a vocabulary together.”

Blue-fronted Amazons are natural mimics and chatterboxes.

And Rocket loves nothing more than when his cage is taken outside in the summer months.

Ehsaan from Oldham, Greater Manchester, said: “We put his cage in the front yard sometimes and he loves to sit on dad’s shoulder and goes for walks.

“He can get quite an audience when he’s in the mood to talk. People stop outside and just stand and stare.

“All the kids in the area love him and can’t wait for it to get warmer so he can sit out and chat.

“He can say all our names and we’re trying to teach him Urdu now.

“He sometimes says things that even we don’t understand – who knows what he’s saying?”



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