Parrot found in Welwyn Garden City

RESIDENTS thought they were going crackers when this brightly coloured chap appeared in a WGC cul-de-sac.

RESIDENTS thought they were going crackers when this brightly coloured chap appeared in a WGC cul-de-sac.

The bird, believed to be an Eastern Rosella or a Golden-mantled Rosella parrot, flew in to The Reeds on Friday.

It was spotted by neighbours who have since been providing it with a bird bath and food.

Tricia Gauduchon, who lives in the adjoining Broadwater Crescent, told the WHT she almost fell off her bike when she spotted the bird, more commonly associated with Australia.


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She said: “I couldn’t believe it. I was on the way to town when I saw it, I almost fell off my bike.

“It’s so bright and beautiful you cant miss it!

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“I rushed to nearby residents, but they were already aware and had made calls to the necessary places.

“We need to find why it’s here. Maybe it’s a missing pet or something?”

Kevin Wilkins, who took these snaps, said: “I believe the bird is a cock Golden-mantled Rosella, native to Australia.

“From the Parrot Society UK website, I understand that these birds are quite vicious and not suitable for caging, they need at least an aviary.

“They regularly need claws and beak trimming, expensive job at the vets.

“I’m guessing that the owner may have released it, not wanting it back!

“It is about the size of a blackbird, but with a longer tail.”

?*Editor’s note: It was also spotted at 8.50am on Saturday around the first tee at WGC Golf Club in Mannicots.

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