The bird, identified as a Quaker parrot, was captured by Columbia County Animal Care and Control workers last Wednesday in the backyard of a home in Windmill Plantation. The species is considered an agricultural pest and is illegal to possess in Georgia, said Pam Tucker, Columbia Countys Emergency and Operations director.
No one has shown up at animal control to claim the parrot, though Mrs. Tucker said the county has received numerous inquiries from owners of missing birds all over the Southeast.
Because the Quaker parrot is illegal in Georgia and therefore unadoptable, animal control workers were set to euthanize the parrot this week. Instead, Mrs. Tucker said, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has agreed to release the bird to a parrot rescue organization in Alabama where the bird is legal.
Animal control will continue to keep the bird caged in its Appling facility until it is transferred to DNR, Mrs. Tucker said.