Exotic bird found in Fife graveyard

Rainbow was coaxed out of a tree by a member of the public

THE OWNERS of an exotic bird which turned up in a graveyard on New Year’s Day are being hunted by an animal charity.

The pale headed rosella parakeet was spotted in the cemetery in Kirkcaldy at around midday on Sunday.

After coaxing the bird down from a tree he handed the bird, which has now been named Rainbow, over to the SSPCA.

The parakeet is now being cared for at their Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Balerno.

Animal Rescue Officer Kieran Smart said, “A brightly coloured parakeet isn’t the kind of bird you’d expect to find in a graveyard.

“Thankfully the gentleman who rescued Rainbow is a bird owner himself and he and his family were able to catch him without too much trouble.

“Rainbow is a striking yellow, blue and grey parakeet with a red tip on his tail.  We don’t often see birds with this particular colouration so if he does have an owner they should recognise him straight away.

“He is in fairly good condition so we don’t think he was outdoors for long. He also seems fairly handleable so there’s a good chance someone is missing him.

“Hopefully we’ll reunite him with his owner, but if no-one comes forward to claim him then we’ll look after him until he gets a good home.

Anyone who recognises Rainbow can call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.