Australian Network Nine reporter Brittany Kleyn screamed in panic after a parrot landed on her shoulder on Wednesday moments before a live cross.
About to cross to the studio from the Southport Courthouse on Queensland's Gold Coast, the parrot, later identified as Lola, flew onto a shocked Kleyn.
"I can't get it off me, oh my God, oh my God, can you please get it off me. It's not funny, Burger, it's not funny," she said as she tried to shoo the parrot away.
Kleyn's cameraman then helped remove the parrot from her shoulder.
Lola had escaped from owner, Michelle Mills, who was very concerned about her feathered pet.
"Yeah, I went out and did a big letter box drop and a lot of people rang me and said, 'We've seen your bird on the news,'" she told Kleyn, who delivered Lola back to her after she contacted Network Nine.
Lola, a South American Sun Conure flew away on Tuesday and owner Mills was relieved to be reunited with her parrot.