TEDDY the green eclectus parrot gets cranky if he is refused a sip of wine from the glass of his owner Frank Mahr.
The eight-year-old parrot loves to sit on the shoulder of Mr Mahr, 84, and often shares a drop of white wine.
"About three years ago, he decided to poke his beak into my wine glass and taste it," Mr Mahr said.
"I was surprised that he really enjoyed it and keeps doing it but only a tiny bit.
"The bird flies into the kitchen to help with the cooking and to taste what is being prepared."
Melbourne parrot expert Dr Colin Walker said while small amounts of alcohol apparently had not hurt Teddy, it was not recommended.
"Eclectus parrots are long-living, intelligent parrots that form strong bonds with their caregivers and tend to share their lifestyle," he said.
RSPCA spokesman Tim Pilgrim said: "It is best for your parrot to be secured in its cage when alcohol is served."
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