President McKinley’s Parrot


William McKinley by Courtney Art Studio, 1896 (source) & a yellow-headed parrot at the Vancouver Aquarium, Canada (source).

President William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, had a Yellow-headed Mexican parrot named “Washington Post.” Reportedly, the parrot was quite patriotic. When McKinley whistled the beginning of “Yankee Doodle” the parrot would complete it.

Sarah D. Bunting, “Presidential pet stories,” Animal Nation, February 22, 2012.

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  • lalala

    When did he get the parrot?

    • Zim

      I have not found any source that has specified a date he received the parrot.