The RSPCA is searching for the owner of a green parrot – potentially an Australian king – who was found flying around the school grounds of the Cardiff and Vale College.
RSPCA Cymru officers were alerted after the bird was seen at the College’s Trowbridge Road site on Wednesday (21 March), having been confined by College staff after she flew into a window.
The parrot is owned, and is wearing a ring. However, she is not microchipped, prompting the charity to issue a search for the owner.
An RSPCA officer has transferred the parrot to a veterinary practice in Cardiff, as the charity hopes information comes forward which will lead to the owner being reunited with the bird.
Gary Lucas, RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO), said: “This green parrot – potentially an Australian king – was spotted flying around the Cardiff and Vale College on Trowbridge Road, clearly lost from home.
“The bird is now at a veterinary practice in Cardiff, and we’re desperately hoping an owner comes forward, or someone with information which can help us get this beautiful bird home.
“Our inspectorate appeal line can be reached on 0300 123 8018 – and anyone claiming to own the parrot, who isn’t microchipped, but is wearing a numbered ring, will need to provide proof the animal belongs to them.”
Remarkably, this is the second parrot to be found at an educational facility in Cardiff within a matter of days. On March 6, an African Grey Parrot was found at the school of engineering at Cardiff University, and was – thankfully – reunited with the owner following an RSPCA appeal.
ACO Lucas added: “This is the second parrot I have dealt with in a matter of weeks found at an educational centre in Cardiff – which is astonishing.
“Fortunately, thanks to our supporters who shared our appeal for information, the African Grey Parrot found at Cardiff University’s school of engineering is safely back with the owner. We just hope for the same with this parrot.”
In 2017, 1,439 psittacines - birds that belong to the parrot family including macaws and parakeets – were collected by the RSPCA Inspectorate across England and Wales. 453 of these were strays. Sadly, we often find it extremely difficult to reunite these birds with their owners as many are not microchipped or ringed.
The RSPCA is urging people to take steps to make sure their pet bird can be positively identified, with a microchip or closed ring. The charity advocates the use of a parrot passport, which will facilitate identification of a bird, should it ever be lost and found. The passport also contains advice for new owners to help keep their birds safe and secure. It is recommended reporting any lost, found or stolen pet birds to the National Theft Register.
Should you wish to help the RSPCA support animals such as these, you can donate online.