Sparkie Williams, famous budgie

Sparkie Williams is apparently one of the most famous birds of all time, but I just found out about him.

Sparkie Williams (stuffed)

Some details about him from Animal Facts and Feats by Gerald Wood:

More details from Wikipedia:

Sparkie was courted by bird seed sellers and fronted the advertisement campaign for Capern's bird seed for two years. He was recorded talking with budgie expert Philip Marsden on BBC radio, and appeared on the BBC Tonight programme with Cliff Michelmore. When Sparkie died on Tuesday 4 December 1962, Mattie Williams had him stuffed and mounted on a wooden perch at the renowned taxidermy establishment, Rowland Ward Ltd. of Piccadilly, London. He was then taken on a tour of Britain in an exhibition of his life and work, before coming back to the Hancock Museum in 1996.[1] Sparkie Williams is acclaimed as the world's most outstanding talking bird in the Guinness Book of Records.

The BBC's archive on Facebook has a video of an interview with Sparkie's owner, with stuffied Sparkie beside her.
     Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 01, 2023
     Category: Animals

I had a budgie who lived to be about six years old. He never did speak a word in all that time. I figured it was a stupid one.
Posted by KDP on 04/01/23 at 04:51 PM
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