Pecked-off parrot owner Stephen White could face formal action after being warned over his noisy pet.
West Norfolk Council has told him to keep his African Grey parrot Buddy quiet after a neighbour on the Bawsey mobile home site complained about the noise.
The authority has launched an investigation and installed noise monitoring equipment in the neighbour’s property to record the talkative bird’s every squawk.
But Mr White, who has owned Buddy for nearly 10 years, maintains his parrot is not making enough noise to be considered a nuisance.
He also said he was prepared to face any legal action, as there was no way of keeping Buddy quiet.
He told the Lynn News: “It’s a complete waste of taxpayers’ money and the council has fallen for it.
“What do they expect me to do? Cut his vocal cords?”
Mr White has lived and worked as the maintenance man on the Innisfree Park Home site in Gayton Road, Bawsey, for around two years.
He said: “I’ve never had a problem with Buddy before, wherever I have lived.
“He’s an indoor parrot as well. He never goes outside.”
He said Buddy liked to mimic phone ringtones, and squawks ‘hello, who’s that then?’ when he hears a phone ring.
He also says ‘police!’, learned from watching Police, Camera, Action on television, and whistles songs such as Old MacDonald Had a Farm, and the theme tune to the Addams Family.
The council informed Mr White it had installed noise monitoring equipment in the neighbour’s home, and this week told him Buddy could be heard on the recordings.
Mr White said: “The council told me you can train parrots to keep quiet, but I said ‘you’re having a laugh aren’t you?’
“I’m not sure what will happen next, whether it will go to court, but I’ve told the council it can do what it wants.”
A spokesman for West Norfolk Council said: “We have received a complaint about a parrot and, as with all noise complaints, we are bound by law to investigate.
“It is not unusual to receive complaints about pets and wildlife, particularly in warmer weather when people tend to have their doors and windows open. This complaint is being investigated in the normal way, and whilst the investigation is on-going, no notices have been issued and no formal action taken.”