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14th Aug '16 5:11:19 PM Tallens
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaEFUwt5eT8 This Geico commercial]] features a pirate captain's parrot, who begins saying less-than-complimentary things about the crew, which puts the captain in hot water with them.
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2nd Jul '16 8:52:09 PM Kartoonkid95
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* Parodied in an episode in ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', in which a captain had a different bird on his shoulder everytime he was on camera (including a bucket of fried chicken at one point).

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* Parodied in an episode in ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', in which a captain had a different bird on his shoulder everytime every time he was on camera (including a bucket of fried chicken at one point).


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** The gag was repeated in a Creator/HannaBarbera ''Lippy the Lion'' short.
19th Mar '16 5:15:49 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Captain Hook has one in ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates''; it doesn't talk, but it got itself (and Hook's crew) into trouble a lot.

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* Captain Hook has one named [[TeamPet Short Tom]] in ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates''; it doesn't talk, but it got itself (and Hook's crew) into trouble a lot.
19th Mar '16 5:12:31 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Captain Hook has one in ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates''; it doesn't talk, but it got itself (and Hook's crew) into trouble a lot.
19th Feb '16 1:24:25 AM PaulA
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In RealLife, it is not known if many pirates actually kept parrots for pets. Parrots are high-maintenance animals that serve no benefit on a ship (unlike, for example, cats, which keep the vermin population down). However, there are records of the occasional (non-pirate) Caribbean sailor keeping parrots and even monkeys as pets, so it's not too unlikely. The whole concept of a pirate and his parrot companion likely started with ''TreasureIsland''. And parrots in RealLife do naturally prefer to stand on a person's shoulder. It's also worth noting that at a certain point of time pet parrots commanded huge prices in Europe, so it is not inconceivable for a sailor wanting to settle down to trade in several parrots as a retirement benefit of sorts, probably leaving one to himself which is probably where it all started.

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In RealLife, it is not known if many pirates actually kept parrots for pets. Parrots are high-maintenance animals that serve no benefit on a ship (unlike, for example, cats, which keep the vermin population down). However, there are records of the occasional (non-pirate) Caribbean sailor keeping parrots and even monkeys as pets, so it's not too unlikely. The whole concept of a pirate and his parrot companion likely started with ''TreasureIsland''.''Literature/TreasureIsland''. And parrots in RealLife do naturally prefer to stand on a person's shoulder. It's also worth noting that at a certain point of time pet parrots commanded huge prices in Europe, so it is not inconceivable for a sailor wanting to settle down to trade in several parrots as a retirement benefit of sorts, probably leaving one to himself -- which is probably where it all started.
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14th Feb '16 2:58:33 PM CJCroen1393
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The head pirate in "The Waterbending Scroll" has a pet "[[MixAndMatchCritters reptile-bird]]," which makes the GenreSavvy Sokka realize...

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The head pirate in "The Waterbending Scroll" has a pet "[[MixAndMatchCritters reptile-bird]]," (looking closer to an ''[[StockDinosaurs Archaeopteryx]]'' than a parrot) which makes the GenreSavvy Sokka realize...
12th Jan '16 11:56:54 AM Chabal2
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* ''TabletopGames/WarhammerFantasy'': Ogre Maneaters are ogres that have spent time in mercenary employ, keeping the costumes of their former jobs. One of the models is dressed as a pirate, but due to the size difference [[http://www.games-workshop.com/en-WW/Ogre-Kingdoms-Pirate-Maneater the position of parrot is occupied by a gnoblar.]]



* ''Website/TheOnion'' has [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/parrot-care-is-actually-quite-timeconsuming,10948.htm this article]] on the proper care and feeding of Pirate Parrots, by a "Captain Crimson Bannister". Extra points for being written completely in [[TalkLikeAPirate pirate-speak]].

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* ''Website/TheOnion'' has [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/parrot-care-is-actually-quite-timeconsuming,10948.htm com/blogpost/parrot-care-is-actually-quite-time-consuming-10948 this article]] on the proper care and feeding of Pirate Parrots, by a "Captain Crimson Bannister". Extra points for being written completely in [[TalkLikeAPirate pirate-speak]].
6th Jan '16 7:37:24 AM StFan
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* ''Series/TheSmokingGunPresentsWorldsDumbest'' shows that this isn't limited to pirates--one clip features parrots employed by drug cartels to warn them when the police show up. As Wes Denning puts it, "Parrots need to stop hanging out with such shady characters."

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* ''Series/TheSmokingGunPresentsWorldsDumbest'' ''Series/WorldsDumbest'' shows that this isn't limited to pirates--one clip features parrots employed by drug cartels to warn them when the police show up. As Wes Denning puts it, "Parrots need to stop hanging out with such shady characters."
10th Nov '15 2:56:29 PM StarTropes
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* ''Series/TheSmokingGunPresentsWorldsDumbest'' shows that this isn't limited to pirates--one clip features parrots employed by drug cartels to warn them when the police show up. As Wes Denning puts it, "Parrots need to stop hanging out with the wrong crowd."

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* ''Series/TheSmokingGunPresentsWorldsDumbest'' shows that this isn't limited to pirates--one clip features parrots employed by drug cartels to warn them when the police show up. As Wes Denning puts it, "Parrots need to stop hanging out with the wrong crowd.such shady characters."
10th Nov '15 2:55:47 PM StarTropes
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* ''Series/TheSmokingGunPresentsWorldsDumbest'' shows that this isn't limited to pirates--one clip features parrots employed by drug cartels to warn them when the police show up. As Wes Denning puts it, "Parrots need to stop hanging out with the wrong crowd."
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