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

SpeciesBlue-and-yellow macaw (Ara ararauna)
Hatched1899 (age 124–125)
EmployerHeathfield nurseries
Notable roleCaptive
TrainingEnglish words
OwnerHeathfield Nurseries, Reigate

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] It is reported Charlie has been living at Heathfield Nurseries, where she is most frequently cared for by the establishment's manager, Sylvia Martin, who says that she's gotten slightly grumpy in her old age but is still a bright bird.

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Notes edit

  1. ^ "'Hello': Having a chat with Churchill's parrot and - at 114-years-old - one of Reigate's oldest residents". Surrey Mirror. 26 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Daughter scotches Churchill parrot claim," BBC News. 21 January 2004.

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