By Malcolm Brabant
BBC News, Patras
The local council says his perch is illegally parked and is obstructing drivers because it partially blocks a metered parking space.
Coco the parrot's owner, Lambros Michalopoulos, says the bird will die if it has to move back inside.
Neither side is backing down so now the dispute is going to the courts.
With his multi-coloured Amazonian plumage and extrovert personality, Coco has, for years, been something of a mascot in this busy port city, with narrow streets and precious few parking places.
His small perch occupies part of a metered zone and under the zero tolerance rules, the local police have ordered Mr Michalopoulos to pay a heavy fine.
The pet shop owner says he has ignored the authorities because if Coco goes back inside the store permanently the macaw will die because he is a sociable creature who enjoys being with people.
Patras's Deputy Mayor Spiros Demartinos is embarrassed that Coco's plight is attracting international attention.
He would prefer to talk about the city's ambitious plans to use parking revenue for funding bicycle lanes and pedestrian zones.
"Is it bureaucratic to be concerned about the parrot's safety?" he asks.
"The parrot's security is of paramount concern to the council."
Both sides are refusing to back down and so the dispute is heading to the palace of justice.Coco's owner is hoping that the case will be laughed out of court.
Sunday, December 2007, 15:48 GMT