Police called to investigate a domestic disturbance in a southern German town found a man arguing with a parrot.

A resident in Loerrach, near the Swiss border, called the emergency number on Monday to report his concerns about loud shouting from a next-door apartment that had been going on for some time.

Police said officers sent to the scene found there was a loud argument going on - but it was between a 22-year-old man and a parrot.

The man told them he had been annoyed with the bird, which belonged to his girlfriend.

The parrot responded to being shouted at with loud noises of its own.

Police said it could not speak but could bark like a dog.