Polly want its owner: Wayward parakeet found in Southampton

  • The stray parakeet found in Southampton. Contributed Photo—Contributed Photo

  • The stray parakeet found in Southampton. Contributed Photo—Contributed Photo

Staff Writer
Published: 8/21/2019 6:34:44 PM
Modified: 8/21/2019 6:34:34 PM

SOUTHAMPTON — A parakeet found in town by police has still not been claimed by its owner.

A resident found the small parrot on Crooked Ledge Road, and Southampton Police took the bird into custody Sunday. That same day, the department posted pictures of the parakeet on its Facebook page, as well as a plea to locate the owner of the “jailbird.”

On Monday, the bird was picked up by Westfield Animal Control and taken to the Westfield Regional Animal Shelter. The shelter serves Westfield, Southampton and Easthampton. 

Spenser Afonso, an animal control officer in Westfield, said the parakeet is still at the shelter.

Although there is technically no stray hold period for birds, she said, the shelter probably wouldn’t put the parakeet up for adoption until about a week has passed.

Afonso said that since she began working at the shelter in December, she hadn’t seen any other parrots.

The only other bird at the shelter currently is a stray rooster, which Afonso said is also currently not available for adoption.

Should the Parakeet go up for adoption, Afonso said that the fee would be donation-based.  The same is true for the rooster.

Cats and dogs and kittens at the shelter have set adoption fees.

Afonso said that the parakeet will remain at the shelter until it finds a  home.

Anyone with information about the bird’s owner can contact the Southampton Police Department at 413-527-1120 or the shelter at 413-564-3129.

Although the sex and species of the parakeet have not been given, it appears to be a budgerigar. Budgies, which are originally from Australia, are what’s commonly known in the United States as a parakeet, although not all parakeets are budgies.

According to the website BirdEden, these small parrots typically live 8-10 years. The site also says the birds enjoy bathing in water and eating fruits, seeds and vegetables, are apparently playful and enjoy the companionship of other parakeets. The website for the company PetSmart also says they like to be handled for at least 30 minutes a day.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.


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