ROXBURY, NJ – Landing resident Donna Connatello is being realistic about the odds of reuniting with her missing pet, “It’s kind of hard to find a bird,” she said.

On the other hand, “Ella,” who escaped from Connatello’s Shore Hills home on Wednesday, certainly doesn’t have camouflage working in her favor. If the feathered fugitive hopes to blend with the greens and browns of North Jersey Nature, or hide among its native songbirds, she’s out of luck.

“There are so many birds in the backyard,” Connatello said. “But she’s pink, so it’s not hard to see her.”

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Ella’s escape was occasioned by a moment of morning-coffee absent-mindedness on the part of her owner.

“She sits on my shoulder all the time while I’m walking around my apartment,” Connatello said. “I made some coffee and said to myself, ‘Maybe I’ll sit outside with my coffee,’ not realizing she was still on my shoulder.”

That’s when Ella made her move, at first keeping her aerial exploits local. “I saw her flying around the house,” Connatello said. “She flies high.”

But the pastel adventurer had no intention of limiting her travels. Before long, she disappeared.

“I’ve been looking for her for days,” said Connatello, who’s owned Ella since November 2018. “I’ve been walking the neighborhood. I put her cage outside with food and her favorite blanket. I’m hoping she comes back.”

If you come across Ella don't attempt to grab her. “She does not like the hand,” said the bird’s owner. She recommended good Samaritans toss a towel over the tiny runaway.

Connatello can be contacted at (973) 580-2569.

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