The RSPCA is searching for the owner of a budgerigar found in a back garden off Clarmuir Road in the Splott area of Cardiff.
Officers from the animal welfare charity were alerted after a member of the public had found the unexpected visitor in their garden, before transferring the budgie to a veterinary practice.
The bird – who has an overgrown beak, and a few missing feathers – is largely white and blue in colour, and came into the RSPCA’s care on Sunday (7 February).
RSPCA Cymru suspect the budgie may have escaped, and say the incident is a reminder as to the importance of keeping pet birds safe and secure.
The budgie has now been taken to specialist RSPCA facilities for ongoing care, with the charity hoping to locate an owner. Anyone with information has been urged to contact the charity’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
RSPCA inspector Gemma Black said: “A member of the public found this budgie in a garden off of Clarmuir Road in the Splott area of Cardiff.
“It seems very likely this budgie is an escaped pet – which is an important reminder as to ensuring these animals have secure accommodation appropriate to their needs.
“The budgie is missing a few feathers and has an overgrown beak, but is currently in good hands in the RSPCA’s care.
“We’d love to find the owner and get this bird safely home. They’re not microchipped or ringed – and we’re relying on an owner to come forward, or someone to have information for us that could help. Our inspectorate appeal line is on 0300 123 8018.”
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. The RSPCA recommends reporting any lost, found or stolen pet birds to the Parrot Society UK “Reunite” register.
It is also recommended 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 bird have free flight within a house should ensure windows and doors are secured first, to prevent accidental escape.
Should you wish to help the RSPCA with their rescue work, you can donate online.