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Heartbreak as Percy flies the coop

PUBLISHED: 00:18 12 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

PERCY the cockatiel shouldn't get in a flap if he heads for home and finds an attractive bird in his aviary.

Because the missing cockatiel hasn't been replaced by his owner - the new feathered friend he will find in his nest is simply there to woo him back.

PERCY the cockatiel shouldn't get in a flap if he heads for home and finds an attractive bird in his aviary.

Because the missing cockatiel hasn't been replaced by his owner – the new feathered friend he will find in his nest is simply there to woo him back.

David Wooby has borrowed Sally the cockatiel from a fellow bird lover to see if it will bring Percy home.

"I have searched for Percy everywhere locally. I have been to all the people I know who have aviaries and looked all round the area, but there is no sign of him," said Mr Wooby.

"They are not homing birds like pigeons, and I would have expected him to have come back by now if he was still nearby. I have borrowed the cockatiel from a friend though just to see if it could attract him back."

Percy escaped after Mr Wooby, of Goyfield Avenue, Felixstowe, accidentally went outside with the bird on his shoulder.

He forgot where the bird was perched and when he suddenly realised it was too late – and Percy had taken off for freedom.

Mr Wooby is offering a reward for his prized pet's return.

"He should be able to survive and it's not too cold at the moment for him, but most cockatiels that go missing are taken in by someone," he said.

"They usually fly round until they find a garden with an aviary and then the owner will entice them in and they are safe again.

"I am just hoping that is what has happened to Percy and that someone somewhere has him and is wondering who he belongs to.

"Cockatiels can fly fast and he could be anywhere in Felixstowe or Trimley, even as far away as Ipswich or anywhere between. Being a tame bird, the only problem he will have in the wild is that the British birds might pick on him."

Percy, who went missing last Wednesday, is between two and three years old and is a yellow cockatiel with the traditional orange markings.

Anyone finding him is asked to contact Mr Wooby on 01394 286181.

The cockatiel – sometimes called the Australian parrot – was first discovered in Australia in 1770. It did not become popular until the Australian gold rush in the nineteen hundreds.

It s about 20 cm/8 in long, with greyish or yellow plumage, yellow or orange cheeks, a long tail, and a crest like a cockatoo.

WEBLINK: www.cockatiel.com

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