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This ex-parrot has not been nailed on its perch - the huge sculpture, celebrating the famous Monty Python sketch starring Sheffield’s Michael Palin, has been installed in London.

The fibre-glass version of the bird is almost 50ft-long from the tip of its tail to the top of its head and took more than two months to make.

Monty Python's dead parrot on London's South Bank

Monty Python's dead parrot on London's South Bank

It was hung from a crane before being laid on its back at Potters Fields near London’s Tower Bridge to promote the reunited comedy team’s final live show, which will be screened this Sunday on TV channel Gold.

The parrot famously features in a sketch where John Cleese tries to return a dead “Norwegian blue” parrot to Palin’s shop.

Lead sculptor Iain Prendergast said: “We are all Monty Python fans so we were delighted to receive the brief from Gold to recreate the mythical Norwegian Blue on a giant scale.

“We watched both live and televised versions of the sketch and found that there have been a number of different incarnations of the parrot with a variety of different plumages.

Monty Python's dead parrot on London's South Bank

Monty Python's dead parrot on London's South Bank

“Our sculpture provides a colourful hybrid of the dead parrots which have featured in the celebrated sketch.

“The key challenge for us was capturing the comedy value of the dead parrot, keeping the realism of the bird whilst also adding touches like the bloodshot, stunned eyes.”

The massive model will end up at the 02 in Greenwich where the remaining Pythons - Cleese, Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones - are performing their final comeback gig on Sunday.

Steve North, the general manager of Gold, said the giant bird was “a fitting tribute to a sketch that is so loved by audiences throughout the world”.

Monty Python's dead parrot on London's South Bank

Monty Python's dead parrot on London's South Bank

The final show is on Gold on Sunday night, July 20, from 7.30pm.