The Norfolk West RSPCA branch has been caring for two tiny parrotlets whose owner had died.
A spokesman said: “The pair were sadly not in the best condition after subsequently being looked after by someone who had the best intentions, but could not meet their needs.”
The parrotlets, called Helen and Steven, have lost almost all their feathers through plucking themselves and each other through stress and had been in a cage that was too small for them to fly, the spokesman said.
The branch was asked tor help and the pair were taken in and are now being looked after at a specialist facility.
Once they have made a full recovery they will be rehomed.
Carl Saunders, general manager at the Eau Brink Rehoming Centre, said: “Exotic pets such as parrots often end up in RSPCA care after people realise they’re not easy to care for and they need a stimulating environment.
“The person who had tried to care for these birds had been doing their best – but did the right thing and asked for our help.
“As the parrotlets weren’t able to fly before, it’s important to increase the amount of space gradually and this new cage is just the first stage of their rehabilitation to help them build up their flight muscles again.
“It’s going to be a long road to recovery for these two but hopefully with the right care we will start to see them flourish.”