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Charlie , also known as Charlie the Curser, is a female blue-and-yellow macaw living in a garden centre in Reigate, Surrey, England. Charlie became famous when The Daily Mirror published an article about her in January 2004 where it claimed Charlie was hatched on 1 January 1899, age 105.
Claimed association with Churchill
The owner also claims that Charlie was the property of Sir Winston Churchill while he was prime minister during World War II. He claims that his father-in-law sold the parrot to Churchill in 1937 and then reclaimed the bird shortly after Churchill's death in 1965. According to his stories, the vocal bird was taught by Churchill to shout curses at Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
His claims have been solidly rejected by the administrators of the Chartwell property, Churchill's former country home, who have no record of any parrot. Further, Churchill's daughter, Lady Soames, has denied her father ever owned a macaw. According to Soames, Churchill did own a grey parrot named Polly, but sold the bird before assuming the role of Prime Minister.
- "'Hello': Having a chat with Churchill's parrot and - at 114-years-old - one of Reigate's oldest residents". Surrey Mirror.
- "Daughter scotches Churchill parrot claim," BBC News. 21 January 2004.
- Hoffman, Bill. "Churchill's parrot still squawking at 104," New York Post. January 20, 2009, p. 7.
- "In A Flap Over 'Churchill's' Old Bird," Sky News. 20 January 2004.
- Lyall, Sarah. "Reigate Journal; Parrot May Have Been Churchill's, but She's Not Saying," 'New York Times. March 9, 2004.
- "Winston's obscene parrot lives on," BBC News. 19 February 2004.
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