VIDEO: Beautiful ‘fly-er’ – Lincolnshire parrot sings Beyoncé (and also has Lady Gaga and Katy Perry in his repertoire)
and live on Freeview channel 276
Chico, of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, at Friskney, has developed star status for his renditions of tracks by Beyoncé and other international chart-toppers, making it less of a case of ‘who’s a pretty boy?’, but rather ‘if I were a boy ...’.
The winged wonder was taught the songs by his previous owner; along with Queen B’s If I Were a Boy, Chico also has Poker Face by Lady Gaga and Firework by Katy Perry in his hit-laden repertoire.
A spokesman for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Park said: “Chico is a wonderful little yellow crowned Amazon parrot that gets on with both people and birds here at the sanctuary. He has resided here for a little over 18 months and without doubt he’s one of the star attractions. Only being nine-years-old 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!”
On Friday, the park posted a video on its Facebook page of Chico performing a snippet from If I Were A Boy (it has given us permission to use the clip here). At the time of writing, the video has had more than 500 ‘likes’ (or ‘loves’ or ‘hahas’) and 150 comments.
As a side note, looking closely at Chico’s leg on the video, it does appear someone has put a ring on it.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Park chief executive Steve Nichols said: “After more than 25 years working with these amazing birds, they still never cease to amaze me. Who’d have ever thought that a parrot would cause social distancing problems due to being so popular.”