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Eclectus Parrot and Louise CusackIn honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day I’d like to share a photo of a gorgeous Eclectus Parrot I met while shopping in tropical Bundaberg, north of Brisbane, Australia. I swear, he was just walking down the street on someone’s arm (no wonder I write fantasy), and the owner let me meet him.

He didn’t raise a feather when I said “Pieces of Eight” (although I’m sure he must have heard that a million times before), he just sat very lightly on my arm and even said “Thank you,” softly as he stepped back onto the arm of his owner. Such a lovely gentle bird. The perfect pirate accessory for a scaredy-cat like me!