Clever Parrot Masters Two Languages
An African grey parrot in Stourbridge in the West Midlands could be one of the UK’s only bilingual parrots. After being raised in a home where both languages are spoken, Mittu the parrot is able to speak in both English and Urdu. Owner Ghaffar Ahmed, 36, said: ‘He speaks Urdu and English. But he also barks like a dog and makes the noise of the refrigerator alarm, so he likes making all sorts of noises really.’ As well as the likes of ‘who’s a pretty boy then’, the two-year-old has mastered the traditional Muslim greeting ‘asalaam alaykum’ and ‘bismillah’, the Urdu for ‘in the name of Allah’.