Ever thought the day would come where a parrot belts out a Beyoncé hit better than most of us? Well that day has come.
Chico the parrot is the latest attraction at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park in Friskney, England, and keeps visitors enthralled with his cover of Bey’s 2008 hit If I Were a Boy.
Videos of the nine-year-old yellow-crowned Amazon parrot’s rendition of the song have become such a hit on social media handlers that the park has opened an Instagram account for the winged wonder.
Chico also recently made his debut on British TV but was too camera-shy to say or sing anything.
Steve Nicols, chief executive of Lincolnshire Wildlife
Park, says he and his staff were stunned when they discovered the parrot’s huge
singing voice when he came to the park a few weeks ago.
“It was as though he said, ‘Well, I now have an audience, let’s give them what I’ve got’,” Steve said in the interview on the This Morning show.
Julie Gregory, Chico’s previous owner, says she taught him
the Bey song and a host of others, including Firework by Katy Perry, Poker Face
by Lady Gaga and Crazy by Gnarls Barkley.
Chico is now the star attraction at the park. “And he’s only nine years old,” a park spokesperson says. “This means he has many years of entertaining in front of him and who knows, Simon Cowell may have started X Factor for animals by then!”
Amazonian parrots typically reach the age of 75 or even
Steve says even after more than 25 years of working with birds, they never cease to amaze him.
“Who’d have ever thought a parrot would cause social-distancing problems due to being so popular,” Steve says.
Pollywood, here comes Chico!