Ralph and I both like to watch some of the old television shows on the two classic TV channels we can get. Sometimes in the shows from the 1950's, 60's and 70's that we have on, a parrot makes a guest appearance. That happened in two shows that were on yesterday and today. As a parrot person it's always fun to see a parrot on a TV show and to try to identify what kind of parrots they are. Not always easy in black-and-white shows. It looks like an Amazon, but which kind?
Yesterday an episode of "Leave It to Beaver" shown on FETV featured an Amazon. And this morning an umbrella cockatoo was in an episode of "The Beverly Hillbillies." The cockatoo had been trained to put coins into a piggy bank.
Not long ago I watched an episode of "Perry Mason" titled "The Case of the Perjured Parrot," based on the original Erle Stanley Gardner novel with the same title. An Amazon played an important part in that show and even went to court. Parrot people would be disgusted with the nasty round cage the parrot was stuck in for the filming of the show. I imagine that he had better accommodations in real life, though knowledge about housing and feeding parrots was rather limited in the 1950's.
Maybe you've seen some parrots in other TV shows and movies that you've watched.
Oh, I will have to take notice from now on and check those out! Years ago there was a quaker parrot featured on an episode of Harry's Practice (Dr. Harry) - Australian show. It was a woman who was at her wits' end because of her quaker's bad behaviour....made me laugh a lot, because she basically enabled it and made a rod for her own back.
One show I remember is Baretta, there was a cockatoo on that show. Probably not the best parrot to showcase as they don’t make the best pets. I think they are one parrot that needs more than a house can provide. I remember one coming into my friends rescue. She had to send it to a bigger rescue as the dust in their feathers was too much for some of the parrots in her house
A Quaker on a show would be neat, I’ve not seen one either
It's been a long time since I last read Swiss Family Robinson and I can't say that I remember the reference to parrots, but that definitely could describe QPs.
If I remember right, the cockatoo in Baretta was named Fred. 'Toos are known for being quite demanding, perhaps even more than most other types of parrots. They tend to want to be glued to their favorite people. Not the ideal choice for anyone less experienced, but they can be excellent companions for someone who knows and understands parrots.