When we all must be social distancing a welcome arrival in Singleton is the neighbourhood cockatoo

With social distancing rules a must given the current state of community transmission in the Hunter region one visitor is being welcomed in Hunterview and Singleton Heights a sulphur crested cockatoo who has been named Toby.

The popular community cockatoo named by residents Toby who is visiting homes around Hunterview and Singleton Heights

The popular community cockatoo named by residents Toby who is visiting homes around Hunterview and Singleton Heights

Resident Deb Hannan said the cocky turned up at their place a few months ago.

"I came home from work one afternoon and he was on top of my husbands car talking to my hubby," she said.

"He says "Hello!" and will dance sometimes if you ask him. Then my neighbours across the road, said he had been visiting them. He was coming back most days and people in my street started feeding him.

"He really seems to crave human interaction and is a cheeky fellow. It wasn't long before I noticed a lot of messages on Facebook about a tame cocky that had been seen multiple times.

"Everyone assumes he is an escaped pet and there have been many claims about who he actually belongs to. The most common name that comes up is Toby.

"In my street, we named him Colin, but he has gone by many names on Facebook. I like to think of him as belonging to nobody, a free agent, if you will! This is why I started the Facebook group called, "Singleton Community Cockatoo."

With 200+ members in just 24 hrs, there is obviously a lot of interest in the community cocky

He has been sighted mainly in Hunterview, but also at Singleton heights and if it's the same cocky, also at Bunnings.

Toby/Colin enjoys socialising with Singleton residents at a time when humans have to maintain social distancing

Toby/Colin enjoys socialising with Singleton residents at a time when humans have to maintain social distancing