A besotted pair of kissing budgies nicknamed ‘Meghan and Harry’ are being cared for by the RSPCA after they were found dumped out in the cold in Coventry.

The feathered friends - who are inseparable - have gone from rags to riches in the space of 24 hours, from being dumped out with the bins to landing five star lodgings at the home of an RSPCA inspector.

The budgies were found by a passerby  in Lowfield Road at 5pm yesterday (Thursday), when he spotted a woman wearing a scarf and woolly hat lowering the birdcage to the floor by the nearby bins, before dashing away.

Rushing over to take a look, he discovered the blue and yellow budgies inside.The man kindly took the pair to a nearby vet to be checked over, calling the RSPCA.

Inspector Herchy Boal who is now investigating said: “I can’t understand why these gorgeous budgies have been dumped like this. They are young and friendly and they are so in love, they just won’t stop kissing each other!

“I can only imagine this woman who was seen dumping their cage had decided she couldn’t or wouldn’t look after them anymore - she had even left bird seed in the cage so she obviously wanted to give them the best chance of survival. Either way, it’s really irresponsible to dump vulnerable birds like this out on such a cold night, anything could have happened to them.”

Thankfully, after being checked over by a vet, the birds are in good health and will be fostered by inspector Boal at her home, until a place become available at a nearby RSPCA rehoming centre.

She added: “If anyone has any information about the birds’ previous owner, they can contact me on our inspector’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

Last week, the RSPCA was called to collect and rehome 350 budgies from a home in Sussex.

Earlier this week, DEFRA announced an outbreak of bird flu in the Dorset area, and extended the protection zone to the whole of the UK, meaning all bird owners including budgies, chickens and birds of prey must adhere to specific government measures to prevent the spread of the disease.