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Renee has had a Budgie Smuggler Visit her home in Blacktown – just not right

THE brazen theft of almost 40 budgerigars from a Blacktown backyard has devastated the birds’ owner, Renee Buxton.

Police said thieves stole the valuable birds between 8.30pm on May 25 and 9am on May 26

“They grabbed whatever they could — there were seeds scattered everywhere and (nearly) 40 show budgerigars gone,” Ms Buxton, 23, said. “The aviary door was half open and there was one bird (left) sitting in the cage.”

Only one baby bird was left after thieves raided the aviary.

Only one baby bird was left after thieves raided the aviary. Source: News Limited

  She said neither she nor her neighbours heard anything during the night. “I feel violated and I’m pissed off that someone’s gone into my backyard,” Ms Buxton said. “I’ve never had anything stolen, never been broken into.” The birds all have identification tags. Most of the stolen birds had a black band with numbers and the letters NSW tied around their right ankles, others had a ring with numbers and the letters SA or RAB.

Nearly 40 rare show budgies were stolen from zoology student Renee Buxton of Blacktown du

Nearly 40 rare show budgies were stolen from zoology student Renee Buxton of Blacktown during the night. Source: News Limited

  A University of Western Sydney zoology student and part-time worker at the nearby Blacktown Birds and Pets store, Ms Buxton said she had had budgerigars “forever” and bred these texas clearbodies for shows. “I won’t be able to show (now) and I’m missing out on that,” she said. “I’m pretty pissed off.” The torso feathers on texas clearbody budgerigars are entirely white or yellow (depending on the colouring of the bird) and they have black markings on their face and wings that fade to grey near the wing tips.

Stolen show budgies

Renee Buxton pleaded for the return of her budgerigars. Source: News Limited

  Ms Buxton said the missing birds were very young, ranging from eight weeks to six months old and could be debilitated by the stress during the robbery. “Just return them,” Ms Buxton said. “(Without them) it’s like something just stabbed you.” If you have any information, call Blacktown Police on 9671 9199.

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