خانمی یک طوطی سخنگو خرید. اما روز بعد آن را برگرداند و به صاحب مغازه گفت:« این پرنده صحبت نمی کند.» صاحب مغازه گفت: « آیا در قفسش آینه ای هست؟ طوطی ها عاشق آینه هستند، آن ها تصویرشان را در آینه می بینند و شروع به صحبت می کنند.» آن خانم یک آینه خرید و رفت.
روز بعد باز آن خانم برگشت. طوطی هنوز صحبت نمی کرد. صاحب مغازه پرسید: « نردبان چه؟ آیا در قفسش نردبانی هست؟ طوطی ها عاشق نردبان هستند.». آن خانم یک نردبان خرید و رفت.
اما روز بعد آن خانم باز هم برگشت. صاحب مغازه گفت: « آیا طوطی شما در قفسش تاب دارد؟ نه؟ خب مشکل همین است. به محض این که شروع به تاب خوردن کند، حرف زدنش تحسین همه را بر می انگیزد.» آن خانم با بی میلی یک تاب خرید و رفت.
وقتی که آن خانم روز بعد وارد مغازه شد، چهره اش کاملأ تغییر کرده بود. او گفت: « طوطی مرد.»
صاحب مغازه شوکه شد و پرسید: « آیا او حتی یک کلمه هم حرف نزد؟» آن خانم پاسخ داد:« چرا، درست قبل از مردنش با صدای ضعیفی گفت آیا در آن مغازه لعنتی غذایی برای طوطی ها نمی فروختند؟»
A person wanted a parrot who talked. Going to the pet store, this lover of talking parrots asked if there was a bird who was already speaking.
"Yes," the pet store owner said, "this bird has a vocabulary of 1000 words plus 50 phrases guaranteed to fit most occasions." The deal was made and the parrot was brought home complete with a cage. The next day the purchaser went back & said the parrot had yet to say a word.
"That's to be expected," said the pet shop owner. "Try getting the bird a few of the toys that were here for the bird to use in the shop. It just needs to feel at home with you." Toys were purchased and a day went by. The parrot's owner returned & said there still had been no talking.
"I see," said the pet shop owner. "Perhaps if you got a bird bath, the parrot would start to talk while using it." A bird bath was purchased and yet another day went by. The next day the owner was back with the same complaint. This time the pet shop owner mentioned that sometimes the bird had been praised in its training by being allowed to ring a little bell. The parrot's owner bought the bell reluctantly. The following day the parrot's owner was there waiting as the store opened.
"Still no luck?" asked the store owner.
"No. Nothing said yet," answere the bird's owner.
"Well, I bet the bird's just lonesome for some of the birds here at the shop."
"What!!! You want me to buy another bird!" yelped the unhappy owner of the parrot.
"No, no, calm down," reassured the store owner. "All you have to do is get a mirror and the bird will think it has a companion." At last the sale of a mirror was agreed upon. The pet store owner the next day opened the store and found the troublesome customer had returned...this time with the parrot, only it was dead!
"What happened?" asked the store owner, "Didn't the bird ever talk?"
"Yes, right before it died it said: What's the matter? Don't they sell birdseed at the pet store anymore?"