"I bought it off a trader..."

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"I bought it off a trader..."

Post by IDEEDEE »

Not that I've ever used this as an excuse for something "exotic" on my Living History display (oh, no... :wink: ) But...
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Caged birds are easy to transport, keep fed, etc.; relative to other livestock.

I believe in the later Age of Sail exotic birds were often transported and sold, which may be where the pirate/parrot association comes from.

It doesn't surprise me that one turns up in a medieval painting; probably the most interesting thing the painter had seen, so he put in the picture; and puts more effort into it too; it's Gainsborough and dogs all over again....

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Post by moosiemoosiegander »

It may also be a consideration that cockatoos are native to some of the Spice Islands of Indonesia where cinnamon, cloves, grains of paradise and many other popular medieval spices were grown. It is entirely possible that this little bird survived the route the spices took and eventually ended up in Europe, poor little blighter!
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