Togo the anthem-singing American grey parrot may soon be whistling Jailhouse Rock as he languishes behind bars waiting for his owners to face the music. The rare bird's owners said Togo is being treated worse than a terrorist being held at Guantanamo Bay.

"Even terrorists are allowed to have visitors in jail," Togo's owner, Bill Gorman, said from New Hampshire yesterday. "We have not been allowed to see Togo for almost a month."

The bird, which has a 900-word vocabulary and can whistle the Star Spangled Banner, is being held at a secret location and neither Gorman nor his Oakville fiance, Nancy Sillers, are allowed to visit.

Sillers said an online petition demanding Togo's release is being added to his Web site at, which is accepting donations for a Togo defence fund.