A West Knoxville woman has been watching a mysterious bird flying around her yard for the last few days.
When she heard that the American Eagle Foundation was looking for a missing Peregrine Falcon named Scimitar, she thought she'd found their missing bird.
But it turned out to be something very different.
According to an expert at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, the bird is actually a Fantailed pigeon. They are not a common species found in the wild in East Tennessee, but are kept as pets.
The expert said it is a possibility that the bird belongs to someone, so if you are missing your Fantailed pigeon, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll put you in touch with the woman who has seen it.
Scimitar is still missing, and the folks at the American Eagle Foundation are anxious to bring her home. If you've seen her, you can call the Eagle Foundation at 865-809-3282 or 865-809-2385. You can also email them at email@example.com with the word "urgent" in the subject line.
Missing falcon description:
Dark blue-gray back
White and black bars across her chest and under her wings
Will have leather falconry straps attached to her ankles
friendly and walks around on her back porch. If someone comes forward she is willing to be contacted.