Rare bird scam, wouldn't fly


PERTH- A conman who painted common Australian parrots with dye to make them look like rare birds worth thousands of dollars was jailed for two years for fraud yesterday.

Denham Peiris (32), of Perth, painted six green parrots, worth about A$100 (£50) a pair, with a cinnamon hair dye and traded them as Indian Ringneck Parrots, valued at A$14,000 a pair.