Meet Norfolk’s feral parakeet that thinks it is a duck

The parrot walks around Shipdham with his duck family. Picture: Steve Worth

The parrot walks around Shipdham with his duck family. Picture: Steve Worth - Credit: Steve Worth

Residents of a Norfolk village have watched with amusement as their noisiest neighbour has become part of an unusual family.

The parrot spends a lot of time with his duck family. Picture: Steve Worth

The parrot spends a lot of time with his duck family. Picture: Steve Worth - Credit: Steve Worth

A feral parakeet, a bird in the parrot family, has been living in a crop of conifers in Shipdham for about three years.

However recently, the unnamed parrot has been adopted by a large family of ducks.

Home owners in Pound Green Lane have watched curiously as the parakeet has joined the family of ducks on the ground, following them into a property which has a stream running through the garden.

Steve Worth has lived in Shipdham for 10 years. He said: 'The parakeet has lived in some tall conifers at the back of one of the properties for about three years.


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'We've made multiple attempts to find the owner, but no one's ever come forward. It seems happy, we've never seen it at any bird tables but I frequently see him eating apples and pears which have fallen off our fruit trees.

'I was surprised he would survive the British winters but he does.'

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The 76-year-old continued: 'He keeps us all amused. We see him climbing the telephone wires and then he hangs on with his beak and swings around in circles.'

Mr Worth added: 'He's noisy, you always know he's there. He doesn't speak, you just often hear a loud squawking noise.'

In its perch from the conifers, the parakeet has clearly seen a practise it wants to become involved in.

Mr Worth said: 'Over the last few months we've seen a duck family coming up and down the drive way of a private residence. There was a mother duck and all her babies following behind, it was quite sweet. There's a stream in the property's garden and we believe there's a pond too.

'But now the ducklings have grown up and they're a full adult family, but the parakeet has decided to join in and waddles along next to them. Sometimes he flies a few feet and watches them, and then joins in again.'

He added: 'I don't know what the parrot does when the ducks get to the water, because I don't know if they're capable of swimming. Maybe he just watches.'

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