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Sky’s the limit for woman who taught her parrots to fly free

"It was important to me to let him fly in the wild as much as possible."



Motley flying in the Peak District. (Chloe Brown via SWNS)

By Adam Dutton via SWNS

A woman has taught her stunning pet parrots to fly freely around a national park.

Motley the Harlequin Macaw is a common sight soaring above the Peak District, UK and in the skies above his home in the East Midlands.

Owner Chloe Brown, 24, trained him from a young age to return to her and she now
lets him free fly for several miles at a time.

Motley is so keen for his daily flights, he even squawks and taps on the window with his beak until Chloe takes him out.

Chloe has started posting pictures and videos of Motley’s flights online and he is now a rising social media star.

Chloe Brown of Kirkby in Ashfield and her parrots, Motley (L) & Echo (R), that she takes to fly in the Peak District. (Tom Maddick via SWNS)

His videos on TikTok, Instagram and Facebook have already attracted tens of thousands of fans from around the world.

Chloe, a zoo biology student, said: “I got Motley when he was 21 weeks old and started training him to free fly.

"It was important to me to let him fly in the wild as much as possible.

“We started off with a harness and an elastic line which got longer each time.

"We progressed to free flying so now when I take him out he explores the skies but he always comes back to me.

“We’ve been everywhere, he’s been rock climbing with me, kayaking and on pushbikes.

“I absolutely love it and so does he and so does he.

“He demands to go flying. If I don’t fly him he will bang on the window and tell me he wants to go out.

Motley (TOP) and Rosie (BOTTOM) flying in the Peak District. (Chloe Brown via SWNS)

“I take him to the Peak District a lot because it’s only a 45 minute drive.

“His absolute favorite place is Curbar Edge in the peaks. The thermals come straight up the cliff and he just loves it.

“You can hear him squealing with delight so you know he’s having a great time.

“He’s been all over the peaks, basically anything with a cliff and he will throw himself off of it.”

Chloe, from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, England, started posting pictures and videos of Motley’s escapades on social media earlier this year.

She said: “I don’t really do social media but we started getting recognized going out and
I thought it would be nice to let people know what he’s been up to.

“The response has been amazing. He’s got 4,000 or so followers on TikTok and a few thousand on Instagram and Facebook.”

Chloe is now using Motley’s profile to raise awareness to campaign against clipping birds’ wings or keeping them in cages.

She added: “I want let people know that birds shouldn’t be kept in cages.

“Not everyone can do what I do and it’s important birds are treated humanely.”

Motley is also poised to become a TV star and will feature on an episode of "Antiques Roadshow" later this year as well as an ITV pet show.

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