The small, bright green parrot captured behind an Evans home Wednesday and taken to Columbia County Animal Care and Control was identified Thursday morning as a "Quaker parrot" by a bird expert from an animal rescue organization, said Columbia County Emergency and Operations Director Pam Tucker.
The problem, however, is that Quaker parrots are illegal in Georgia.
"The staff saw that Quaker parrots are illegal in some states, so they checked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources," Mrs. Tucker said. "They confirmed that they are indeed illegal in Georgia -- and importation into Georgia is forbidden."
The birds are considered agricultural pests, she added.
The parrot was captured Wednesday in the Windmill Plantation subdivision after a resident saw the bird dining at a backyard feeder.
Animal control is holding the parrot in a cage at its Appling facility for the mandatory five-day holding period for stray animals. An owner has not yet come forward to claim the bird.