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Bird lover who changed her name to Sparrow pays tribute to her 100-year-old skateboarding cockatoo

A bird fancier is paying tribute to her beloved skateboarding cockatoo - who turned 100 before flying over to the afterlife - by compiling a book of photos of her feathered friend. Spending hours in an aviary as a child, which was lovingly built for her by her stepfather, the writer, conservationist and photographer formerly known as Trieste changed her name to Sparrow Townsend in 2012, when she was 37, in honour of her appreciation of all things avian.

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