Chevington: Brightly-coloured parrot ‘Rio’ is discovered in field of wheat

Rio the parrot.

Rio the parrot. - Credit: Contributed

It was the last thing two contractors expected to find when they took out a combine harvester to work in a Suffolk wheat field.

A macaw parrot was found in a field near Chevington by two contractors working on the harvest.

A macaw parrot was found in a field near Chevington by two contractors working on the harvest. - Credit: Contributed

But Mark Wells and Andrew Barber, from George E Gittus & Sons, stumbled upon a macaw when they were busy combining near Chevington in the west of the county last Friday.

The brightly-coloured macaw parrot was in a field of wheat.

Mr Wells’ wife Georgie, who looked after the parrot, said: “They were just cutting it and they saw this parrot in the corn which had obviously flown quite some distance.”

She said her husband picked up the parrot and brought it home where it could get some TLC.

“He just brought it home that evening and asked if I would look after it. It was quite hungry and tired.”

The parrot, unofficially named Rio, has been checked over by a vet and was taken to a breeder in the area who has an aviary while they try and track down its owner.

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While the parrot was not microchipped it did have a ring, Mrs Wells, from Horringer, said.

Macaws are native to Mexico, Central America and South America.