A man who has spent years undergoing plastic surgery trying to look like his parrots has gone a step further and changed his name - to Mr Parrotman. Ted, a retired shoe factory worker, got his first tattoo in 1976 and has since built up a collection covering almost his entire body.
Ted Richards 58, who has 110 tattoos, 50 piercings and a split tongue - has also had both his ears removed by a surgeon so he looks even more like them. Ted, of Bristol, has now changed his name by Deed Poll - to Ted Parrotman. He said: ''It's something I've thought about doing for a long time.
"Because I walk around the streets with my parrots so much, around here I've been known as Ted parrotman for years. "So it only seems natural for me to change my name. "I've not had any contact with my mother and father for years because we didn't really get on.
I don't even know if they're dead or alive, and I also don't talk to my siblings anymore - so I felt no connection to having a family name. "For me, my real family are my parrots - so it only seems fitting for my surname to reflect this."
After having his ears removed last year in order to look more like a parrot he had to return to his plastic surgeon to have synthetic lumps inserted under the skin on the side of his head - because he had overlooked the fact that without ears he would struggle to keep his glasses on. "This is just what I love doing, modifying my appearance," Ted explains. "But when I look in the mirror I do think 'who am I?'
"And I also think why are so many people interested in what I'm doing? I'm actually quite ordinary really." Compared to having his ears removed, his eye balls dyed and horns inserted into his skull, having his name changed was easy. "I was amazed how simple it was to change your name officially," he says.
"I just went online to the Deed Poll website, and in a couple of clicks it was done.
"Of course then you have to go to the trouble of changing your name on everything - from your bank account to your passport. "But the hardest thing for me was changing my name on my Facebook account. That took ages to sort out. "I've done it because I want to look like my parrots as much as possible."