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Police found the woman only had a provisional license and was accompanied only by a parrot

Competition result: The peacock and the mouse come out on top

One is a beautiful and vain peacock; the other, a dirty field mouse. Together this unusual pairing has won first prize in our Brian Wildsmith competition: a limited edition print worth £650 of the best-selling illustrator's own unlikely duo, the parrot and jaguar who feature in his book Jungle Party.

Out of their tree: virus blamed as drunken parrots fall from sky

The staggering gait, the mood swings and the headaches will be familiar to anyone who has indulged in a big night out. But in Australia's northernmost city it is not the people who are behaving like drunks, but the native parrots, which are falling out of the sky.

Nevin's notes: 03/05/2010

An alternative take on the election

Album: Offenbach, Vert-Vert / Spence etc (Opera Rara)

Inspired by a satirical poem on a convent parrot corrupted by foul language, Vert-Vert was accused of indecency at its London premiere.

Pay up or the parrot gets it, says bank

It sounds like the basis for a Monty Python sketch, rather than a $50,000 lawsuit. A woman from Pennsylvania is suing Bank of America, after a contractor wrongly repossessed her home and impounded her beloved pet parrot.

Parrot and Olivier in America, By Peter Carey

A young French aristocrat escapes to America, only to risk all by falling in love with a nascent democracy

Vicar's blessing for mobile phones

Mobile phone chopper: iPhone gadget released

A company that makes accessories for cell phones wants to add something else to the endless list of things you can do with an iPhone: flying a toy helicopter.

Album: Danny & the Champions of the World, Streets of Our Time (Loose)

Anyone remember Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance? This lot don't sound exactly like that but they do aspire to the same things, which is to reimagine rock as a footloose folk music big on soul, complete with poachers, swans, parakeets and bluebirds.

Terence Blacker: Time for TV to cut down on the Yule factor

Imagine, for a moment, a Christmas TV special produced by someone who has courageously decided to break with tradition. Jeremy Paxman is in the chair and among the guests gathered for yuletide are Sir Mick Jagger, Tracey Emin, Andy Murray, Russell Brand and Lord Mandelson. A Christmas message, sent by satellite from Barbados, is contributed by Simon Cowell.

Sarah Sands: Parakeets have turned Richmond into Rio

During a birdwatching lull, after each of us had borrowed the best-looking tripod for a closer look at some marsh herons, the subject turned to the explosive issue of the ruddy duck. Being among friends, some of the company confessed that they were shooting the ducks on the quiet. Although they were introduced into this country during the 1950s, the ruddy ducks never really assimilated. They just bred and bred and made themselves a nuisance. No one used the expression "River Tiber foaming with much blood" but the tension in the twitching community was evident.

Feather report: Nature and nurture in New Zealand

A rare flightless parrot, ancient reptiles and some of the world's largest trees are among the natural wonders to be found in New Zealand’s spectacular landscapes

Leading article: Parrot fashion

Never mind the vaunted corncrake, in parts of England only one bird rules the roost: the ring-necked parakeet. No one knows for sure how these tropical birds ended up living wild on our shores. But however it came about, their exotic squawk has become a familiar sound in the suburbs of south London.

Britain's naturalised parrot now officially a pest

Britain’s naturalised parrot is now officially a pest. Forty years after it first bred on the outskirts of London, the ring-necked parakeet today joined gulls, crows and magpies on the short list of birds which can be legally shot without special permission.

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