The Kennedy children seemed to genuinely enjoy the birds, and when the family moved out of the White House after JFK’s death, the parakeets went with them.
A crowd of people gathered for the former president’s funeral were “horrified and awed” when Andrew Jackson’s pet parrot started cursing like a sailor.
President Thomas Jefferson had several mockingbirds, but Dick — the only one he mentions by name — appears to have been his favorite at the White House.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower kept a parakeet named Gabby at the White House for his grandchildren.
The yellow canary, who lived to be about 2 years old, was named Robin because Caroline “likes robins.”
One of the more colorful, and noisy, of the Theodore Roosevelt family’s pets was Eli Yale, a Hyacinth macaw who was “gorgeous,” according to the president.