Scottsdale man hopes pet parrot will appear in commercials

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A Scottsdale man is hoping he's got a big star on his hands.

"She's pretty comical," Jerry Butler said of his yellow-naped Amazon parrot, Lily.

He taught the bird some catchy phrases in hopes that a big company might cast her in a commercial. She repeats famous taglines from companies like Wal-Mart and Budweiser.

"I taught Lily to say, 'Hello, Wal-Mart shoppers. Low price. Always,' " Butler said.

Butler, who was born with an eye disease and has been legally blind since he was a kid, said he became enamored with parrots at a young age.

"For my 13th birthday, they bought me a parrot and that was the first parrot I had," he said.

Since then, he has owned and tamed several birds.

"Everybody's got their niche in life and I thought mine was birds," Butler said. "I thought, well, let's see what I can do here. Let's see if I could teach these birds to do something, maybe promote other companies."