Heartbreak plea for runaway parrot Eric

PUBLISHED: 15:50 04 September 2013

Eric (right) escaped from his cage in Southleigh.

Eric (right) escaped from his cage in Southleigh.


Budgie-sized green parrot is loose somewhere in Southleigh.

A heartbroken woman is pleading for people to keep their eyes peeled for a green parrotlet which escaped from his cage while she holidayed in Southleigh.

Kathryn Davies, who is from Solihull, stayed at a cottage near Colyton with her family and two feathered pets, Eric and his mate, Fern.

Parrotlets are miniature parrots and the smallest commonly bred parrot species in captivity.

Eric, who is only a year old, escaped early last month by squirming through his cage door after the latch failed to secure properly.

“He flew up in to the tree above our heads and was cheeping triumphantly when he landed, obviously very pleased with himself,” said Kathryn.

“However, because his wings are clipped, he can’t fly very high or fast which makes him vulnerable to other Devon birds.”

Eric is bright green in colour with blue spectacles circling his eyes, and a blue plastic ring fitted around his foot, so he should stand out amongst the wildlife.

Kathryn has since had to return to Solihull, but is pleading with Southleigh residents to get in touch if they spot her beloved pet.

“Since Eric’s escape, Fern has been left so upset and she fell ill as soon as we got back,” she said.

“Luckily, she pulled through but she’s evidently distressed.

“All I want is for Eric to be returned home safely.”

If you spot Eric or know of his whereabouts, get in touch with the Midweek Herald on 01392 888486.

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