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Scottsdale workers searching for owner of lost bird

The cockatoo found by the city of Scottsdale is shown. (KTAR Photo/Bob McClay)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Workers at Scottsdale City Hall are caring for an unusual bird while trying to find its owner.

Scottsdale Code Inspector Alyssa Yanez was walking to her office on Wednesday when she noticed the bird.

"It had some gray marking on its back and a pink colored head," she said. "We realized that it wasn't just a regular bird, but that it was actually a cockatoo."

The bird was later identified as a Rose-Breasted Cockatoo and it may be valuable. There are 15 of them for sale on birdbreeders.com, ranging in price from $1,100 to $2,000 each.

Yanez said that the bird is obviously someone's pet.

"It was well-manicured," she said. "The wings appeared to be clipped. The claws were well-manicured as well, so it's important who this bird's owner is."

Yanez and her co-workers took the bird into city hall and gave it food and water. It is now staying at an employee's home. Workers are being careful not to release every detail about the bird.

"We just want to make sure that whoever the bird goes to is actually the owner, and that we are returning the pet to them," said Yanez.

Anyone with information on the bird or its owner is asked to call either (480) 312-7816 or (480) 385-9067.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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