Parrot uses Alexa to make Amazon purchases while his owner is away

Enlarge Image Rocco has quite the vocabulary.                  National Animal Welfare Trust

Enlarge Image Rocco has quite the vocabulary. National Animal Welfare Trust

Rocco, an African Grey parrot in Berkshire UK, has become so used to hearing his owners talk to Amazon's Alexa that he has started doing the same when they're out of the house.

African Grey Parrots are known to mimic human speech.

He'd been ordering all the things he likes to eat, including strawberries, ice cream, watermelons, raisins and broccoli.

Originally reported via The Times of London, the parrot - whose name is Rocco - would mindlessly activate Alexa and have the virtual assistant tell jokes and play music.

The stray bird came into the care of the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) charity in the United Kingdom in late 2017 and soon showed off his love of swear words. After some time at NAWT, Rocco began to calm down and eventually won over Wischnewski, who decide to adopt him.

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A mischievous parrot who was booted from an animal sanctuary for his foul mouth has found a friend in Amazon's Alexa device.

He has even tried to order non-food items, such as a kite, a kettle and light bulbs.

"I've come home before, and he has romantic music playing", Wischnewski said.

When staff at the National Animal Welfare Trust sanctuary feared that the bird's abusive behaviour would upset visitors, a worker Marion Wischnewski volunteered to take him to her home in Blewbury, Oxfordshire.

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