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Words of love lead bird to owner

The African grey parrot
The parrot's owner said he loved to say: "Give us a kiss"

A talkative parrot has been reunited with his owner after being spotted in a tree in north Lincolnshire.

The male African grey was found in Gunness near Scunthorpe last week.

The RSPCA received several calls after issuing an appeal and were able to make sure they had the right owner by getting her to confirm his vocabulary.

The bird's favourite phrases included "I love you" and "give us a kiss". RSPCA collection officer Tim Stoodley said the parrot had been good company.

He said: "He always gives me a good morning and a good night. When he slides along my arm he says 'hello'.

"He has a tendency to bite you and then say 'ouch'. He also says 'give us a kiss' and makes kissing noises."

An RSPCA spokeswoman added: "We actually had quite a few people ring in thinking it could be their parrot, but this lady had all the details and she also told the officer the parrot's favourite things to say so we knew it was him."

The pair were due to be reunited in Scunthorpe on Monday afternoon.

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