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Cotton's Parrot
Biographical information


Ship(s) captained or crewed

HMS Interceptor
Black Pearl
Hai Peng


Crew of the Black Pearl

Behind the scenes
First appearance

The Curse of the Black Pearl

Latest appearance

On Stranger Tides


Chip and Salsa (POTC films)
Christopher S. Capp (voice)
James Arnold Taylor (TLoJS)

"You'll recognize Cotton from the parrot he keeps at his side."
Joshamee Gibbs[src]

Cotton's Parrot was a blue and gold macaw owned by Cotton, a pirate who joined the crew of the Black Pearl, under Captain Jack Sparrow.


Early lifeEdit

"Lock up the Code! Strike the wenches! And if any of ye ever speak a word of this...I'll have your tongue."
"...Aye, sir. Mum's the word."
[squawking] "Mum's the word.
Mungard, Cotton and Cotton's parrot[src]

Cotton with his parrot at Shipwreck City.

At some point in its life, this blue-and-yellow Macaw would be owned by a pirate named Cotton, and would live in Shipwreck Cove by the 1730s. One night, he would be present, along with Cotton and a group of pirates, during the attempted auction of two wenches, Scarlett and Giselle. After accidentally shooting at the Pirate Code, a pirate named Mungard ordered the Code locked up and warned the crowd of pirates that if any of them speak a word of what occurred, he would have their tongues. It was then that Cotton and his parrot assured Mungard that mum's the word.[1]

However, Cotton ended up losing his tongue, most likely after spilling the beans about Mungard. Unable to speak, he would subsequently train his parrot to use a large number of phrases to essentially talk for him. How the mute Cotton achieved such a feat is unknown.

Motley crewEdit

Jack Sparrow's crewEdit

"If you're going to let a parrot speak for you, at least find one that makes sense!"
Jack Sparrow to Cotton[src]

Cotton and his parrot at Tortuga.

Days later, Cotton and his parrot were recruited by Joshamee Gibbs to serve under Captain Jack Sparrow. They participated in the voyage to save Elizabeth Swann from Hector Barbossa's cursed crew and retrieve the Black Pearl.[2]

The parrot accompanied Cotton throughout his time on board the Black Pearl, serving under Jack. During the search for the Dead Man's Chest, Cotton's parrot was the only one to escape capture by the Pelegostos, who made Jack their new chief until he and his crew escaped. Days afterwards, Cotton and his parrot survived the attacks of Davy Jones' pet the Kraken, though watched as Jack and the Pearl were both dragged to Davy Jones' Locker. The parrot also accompanied the crew, now under the command of the resurrected Barbossa, during the rescue of Jack Sparrow. Cotton's parrot also formed a partnership with Jack the Monkey, though faced a moment of parley when the monkey pointed a pistol at the parrot. After arriving to Shipwreck Island, when the time came for the pirates brought the fight to Cutler Beckett and his armada, the parrot flew away from Cotton. After the battle had ended, the parrot returned once again to his master's shoulder.

Cotton and his parrot remained aboard the Pearl when Barbossa stole the the ship from Jack once more. Sometime later, the Queen Anne's Revenge, captained by Blackbeard, attacked the Pearl. After the ship's defeat, Blackbeard had the Pearl turned into a ship in a bottle. Both Cotton's Parrot and Jack the monkey were inside the Pearl in a bottle. Jack Sparrow would later discover the bottle and gain possession of it, thanks to Joshamee Gibbs.

One year later, during the quest for the Trident of Poseidon, Jack Sparrow, with the help of Hector Barbossa, restored the Pearl to her original size, along with Jack the Monkey. However, Cotton's Parrot was not present, leaving his fate unknown.

Personality and traitsEdit

"Listen...if anyone should ask, tell them Will Turner went into the jungle in search of Jack Sparrow. Understand? I'm talking to a parrot."
"Aye, aye, sir!
Will Turner and Cotton's Parrot[src]

Cotton's Parrot was very loyal to Cotton and, like most parrots, was most often seen on his master's shoulder. The only known case where the parrot did not accompany Cotton was when facing Cutler Beckett's Armada.[3]

The parrot was known to use nautical catchphrases like "Don't eat me", "Shiver me timbers", "Dead men tell no tales" and "Walk the plank" for more complex ideas (in these particular cases, "You missed a spot on the deck" and "We don't like the job you're doing, Captain Jack."). "Wind in your sails!" was generally accepted to mean "Yes". The bird at times appeared to be more intelligent than many of the Black Pearl's crew members, to the point of giving Cotton orders occasionally. Another phrase the parrot said was "uh oh. Fire in the hole!" after Jack the Monkey lit a firework to blow up a firework factory.[citation needed]

Behind the scenesEdit

"Nobody knows the parrot's name, neither, so we just call it 'Cotton's parrot.' "
Joshamee Gibbs to Jack Sparrow (first screenplay draft)[src]
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Note and referencesEdit

  1. Tales of the Code: Wedlocked
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named AWE
Motley Crew

Captain: Jack Sparrow
HMS Interceptor
AnamariaCottonCotton's ParrotCrimpDuncanJoshamee GibbsKursar
LadbrocLejonMartyMatelotMoisesQuartettoTearlachWill Turner

Captain: Joshamee Gibbs
HMS Interceptor/Black Pearl
AnamariaCottonCotton's ParrotCrimpDuncanKursarLadbroc
LejonMartyMoisesQuartettoElizabeth SwannTearlachWill Turner

Captain: Jack Sparrow
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotCrippled manDuncanJoshamee GibbsGunnerHo-KwanIrish man
Jack the MonkeyKursarLadbrocLeechLejonMartyMoisesJames NorringtonNill OfrillPintel
QuartettoRagettiJohn SmithSkinny manElizabeth SwannSweepyTearlachWill TurnerVery old man

Captain: Hector Barbossa
Hai Peng
CottonCotton's ParrotTia DalmaJoshamee GibbsTai HuangJack the Monkey
MartyPintelRagettiElizabeth SwannWill Turner

Captains: Jack Sparrow / Hector Barbossa
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotTia DalmaJoshamee GibbsTai HuangJack the Monkey
MartyPintelRagettiElizabeth SwannWill Turner

Captain: Hector Barbossa
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotJack the MonkeyMartyMullroyMurtoggPintelRagetti

Captain: Jack Sparrow
Dying Gull
BollardCrembleJoshamee GibbsMartyPikeScrum

Captains: Jack Sparrow / Hector Barbossa
Black Pearl
BollardCrembleJoshamee GibbsMartyMullroyMurtoggPikeScrum

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