Animals: World Parrot News

Ordinarily, a good parrot is one whose vocabulary is extensive but not obscene; a bad parrot, one who curses or bites. Last week, all parrots were in bad odor. They were suspected of being responsible for psittacosis or "parrot fever" (TIME, Jan. 20), a somewhat mysterious and as yet rare malady which had suddenly become internationally conspicuous.

Discovered in 1892, by a veterinarian, Edmond Isadore Étienne, parrot fever began to make its appearance in newspapers last October when nine members of a theatrical troupe in Buenos Aires fell ill and their pet parrot died of the ailment with which he had infected...

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