Jeweller sick as a parrot over lost bird

He’s a former debt collector and bikie associate. But now Sydneysider Mark Judge is in a flap after losing his much loved pet parrot ‘Paris’.

Mr Judge, who is now running a jewellery store in Bondi Junction Westfield, said the macaw, reportedly worth $10,000, flew the coop from his Bellevue Hill home at lunchtime on Thursday.

“I love this bird. It’s only 16 weeks old and I’m devastated the bird got out,” he said.

In August last year, Mr Judge, a former debt collector, was granted bail over an alleged fight with three men outside Kings Cross nightclub Sapphire .

A former bikie associate, Mr Judge, who was repeatedly stabbed in the garage of his home in 2011, is beside himself and offering a large reward for the red parrot.

“Paris can’t fly too far, probably a kilometre or so, so anyone who sees a red parrot in the area contact the paper,” he said.

It is not the first time one of Sydney’s colourful characters has expressed a deep love for a feathered friend.

In August last year, Fairfax Media reported a friend of Mr Judge being reunited with their pet.

Kings Cross nightclub identity John Ibrahim’s multimillion-dollar seaside home was the scene of a police rescue when his much loved macaw Meg escaped and flew over the nearby Dover Heights cliffs.

A woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said the bird was perched on a ledge and could not get back up to safety. But Rose Bay police along with police rescue abseiled down and retrieved Meg.

“Meg is very happy to be back. John really loves this bird,” she said at the time.

Another well-known parrot lover is businessman John Singleton, who subsequently denied he gave Meg to Mr Ibrahim when paying off a $100,000 bet.

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