Mickey is a mainlander but you wouldn’t know it when he speaks…
He’s an African Grey Parrot, was purchased in Niagara Falls, Ontario and with an unmistakable accent is getting a lot of attention on YouTube!
But, his owners live in Oakville, west of Toronto, and are originally from Hampden, western Newfoundland so Mickey isn’t a native Newfoundlander but he sure sounds like one. His owner, Stella Gale says Mickey picked up most of what he says from her husband, Lee.
Gale’s convinced 2-year-old Mickey is not your average bird and says so far Mickey is up to 250 words, including the phrase “Got to get me moose, b’ye,” but she hopes he will speak thousands of words someday.
African Grey Parrots often live more than 40 years and have been known to learn as many as 3,000 words, that’s more than Dana and I combined!
Have a listen here: