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Parrot found in City Hospital car park

7th January 2009

STAFF at a Birmingham Hospital were in a flap when a large Amazon parrot was found in sub-zero temperatures in the hospital grounds.

Security staff at City Hospital, in Dudley Road, recognised the breed and managed to coax it out of a tree.

Fortunately, the Amazon Green was not as sick as a parrot despite braving the coldest overnight temperatures of the year.

The Amazon hails from slightly warmer climates than Winson Green, and is usually found in Mexico and the Caribbean.

Hospital bosses are now keen to reunite the bird with its owner.

A spokeswoman for the Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust said: “It was found at around 10am by a member of staff.

“It was up in a tree, near to the board room and the hospital restaurant, and they contacted security.

“The bird is safe and is with one of our security guards, Kevin Parry, who has a parrot of his own at home. Kevin was able to coax him down with bread, but he did not feed him with it, because I am told that bread is bad for parrots.

“Fortunately, his wife also works at the hospital and she was able to go home and collect a cage for the bird.

“We obviously want to track down the owners and we would urge anybody who has lost an Amazon Green parrot.

“As far as we can tell the bird is in not sick and is in good health, but we do not know how long he/she has been outside, or how long it was in our grounds.”

The Amazon parrot is native to the New World ranging from South America to Mexico and the Caribbean.

They feed primarily on nuts and fruits, supplemented by leafy matter. Like macaws, and the African Grey Parrot, they have the remarkable ability to mimic human speech and other sounds.

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