Celebrity Bird Owners
Check out some famous people who have shared their lives with parrots......
Stephen Spielberg (director) - Panama amazon parrot (Blanche)
Elizabeth Taylor (actress) - Yellow-nape amazon (Max)
Hilary Swank (actress) - African grey parrot (Suess) and Senegal parrot (Angel)
Celo Green (singer) - Mollucan Cockatoo (Lady)
Diane Warren (songwriter) - Senegal, Mini Macaw, Cockatoo (one is named Buttwings)
Matthew McConaughey - Sun Conure
Paris Hilton - African Grey
Stephanie Powers (actress) - Yellow-nape amazon (Papagua)
Steven Tyler (muscian) - Senegal Parrot
What about birds in the White House? In the early days of the republic, birds were popular First Pets.
Martha Washington, wife of our 1st President, George Washington (1789-1791), had a parrot "Polly" who George supposedly didn't like. It is said that both George and the parrot kept a close eye on each other when they were in the same room.
Thomas Jefferson (1801 – 1809) had a mockingbird that was trained to ride on his shoulder and take food from his lips.
Dolly Madison, wife of James Madison (1809-1817), had a green parrot that was rescued from the White House when it was burned during the War of 1812.
Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) owned a parrot "Pol" that was taught to curse in both Spanish and English. A story has been told that the parrot attended Jackson's funeral, where it disrupted the service with a loud string of profanity.
Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) had a Blue & Gold Macaw " as well as a Hyacinth Macaw "Eli Yale".
Ulysses S. Grant's (1869-1877) son had a pet parrot.
Rutherford Hayes (1877-1881) kept canaries.
Grover Cleveland's (1885-1889 and 1893-1897) wife Frances had both canaries and mockingbirds.
William McKinley (1897-1901) had a Double Yellow Amazon named "Washington Post"
Warren Harding (1921-1923) kept canaries.
Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929) had canaries and a mockingbird.
John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) had parakeets "Bluebell" and Marybelle".
Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) had lovebirds.