A critically-endangered bird spotted in an Isle of Wight garden is not wild and most likely escaped from a private enclosure, a wildlife expert has said.

On Friday morning (April 19), Islander Carrie Hampton received a surprise when a "lovely" white bird swooped down into her garden.

Having never seen one before, Carrie searched Google and identified it as a Bali myna — a species native to Indonesia.

The bird is so rare that in 2020, it was estimated there were only around 50 adults still in the wild.

Carrie said this particular bird had a ring around its leg, suggesting it was not wild.

Jim Baldwin, from the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society, told the County Press: "It is a Bali myna which has escaped from either a private collection or perhaps somewhere like Amazon World.

"You can see the type of ring on its leg that it shows it is a caged bird, not a wild one."

Isle of Wight County Press: Bali myna, in an Isle of Wight garden.

Amazon World also has Bali myna but Carrie says the zoo has told her all of its birds are accounted for.

She said she also notified Sandown's Wildheart Animal Sanctuary and Monkey Haven.

She said: "It was a lovely thing to see and had a ring on its leg, but not quite tame enough to get closer than about five to six feet away.

"I was worried that it'll attract attention from magpies and corvids as it has a very loud call."

Carrie said the bird was there for about 40 minutes before flying off.