What to look out for

A handy checklist

If you've found a bird you think you'd like to bring home, take a look at this checklist of useful questions before moving ahead:

  • Have you visited the bird in its current home?
  • Have you seen the bird's health and medical history?
  • Do they look sleek, lively and healthy?
  • Are they being kept in a clean and safe environment?
  • Does the current owner have a licence?
  • Do you have a vet that specialises in bird health nearby?
  • Do you have space in your home to keep this bird?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, think twice before you take the bird home with you. If you have any concerns about a bird's welfare, report the advert to Gumtree or you can contact the RSPCA directly.