RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a lost parakeet was found in Cardiff.
The monk parakeet – also known as Quaker parrot – flew into a garden at Moorland Road, Splott on Monday (23 July) with the homeowners confining the bird and calling the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels said: “This is a lovely little parakeet who is healthy and is extremely friendly.
“The parakeet is not microchipped but is ringed with the number that begins with BA456. We really hope we can find the parakeet’s owners as soon as possible as they are probably desperately searching for their missing pet.”
The details of the parakeet have been put up on Pets Located and a poster in the area has been placed up in a bid to track down the owners.
The RSPCA urges 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.
The RSPCA recommends that captive birds are housed in an aviary where possible but, if kept in a cage, it is essential that bird owners allow opportunity for free flight daily by providing time outside the cage to carry out this natural behaviour. Anyone letting a parrot have free flight within a house should ensure windows and doors are secured first, to prevent accidental escape.
If anyone may be able to assist in reuniting the bird with their owner, please get in touch. Any individual coming forward would be required to provide proof they own the bird. That person, or anyone with any related information which could help, can reach our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
If you wish to help RSPCA Cymru, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations.