Charlie the movie critic

Charlie the movie critic


Back in the 1960s, I had a yellow-headed South American parrot. He was very smart and had been taught to do many clever things. He could bark like a small dog, cluck like a chicken, sing (although he was terribly off-key), and whistle better than any person I have ever heard. He also learnt to repeat my husband's name and said "Hello " when the phone rang. If someone knocked on the door he would say, "Come in", and they did. They were certain a person had told them to enter. 

But, for all his wisdom, he had never really replied directly to what was said to him, until one day when I had been watching a western movie on television. When it was over I turned off the TV, got up and said, 'Well, Charlie, how'd you like that cowboy show?'

Clear as you please, he replied," Pretty darn good". i could hardly believe my ears. I thought, "What a smart bird you are Charlie."


True story by Rose-Ann Kirkeeng of Canada.


From the SMARTER than JACK team

1. Welcome back to our first fortnightly story for 2014. A very happy New Year to you all.

2. You can make comments on this FORTNIGHTLY story by going to SMARTER than JACK's facebook pages/Smarter-than-JACK/102996653128210?sk=wall Please click on 'Like' if you like the story.

3. Comments and votes on all other stories can be made on our website

4. Please do not hesitate to submit any funny or smart animal stories either to our website or email them to

Rose-Ann Kirkeeng
True Story?: