A heroic pet parrot scared off a violent attacker who assaulted its owner in a London park.

Wunsy flapped its wings and squawked at the man who had pushed his owner to the ground in a daylight attack in Sunny Hill Park in Barnet, north London.

The African Grey parrot's owner, a 25-year-old woman, had taken the bird for a walk and flight in the park, but as she left she was grabbed by the shoulders and pushed to the ground by a man.

Luckily, Wunsy swooped to her rescue and flapped his wings and squawked, startling the suspect who then ran off.

The woman and the parrot were unharmed by the assault and quickly called police.

The man is described as a white male, aged 25-35 years old, with short blonde hair and wearing beige trousers and a dark black rucksack.

PC Chris Cutmore from Colindale Police Station said: "This was a random attack on a woman walking out of a park.

"Although the parrot Wunsy come to her rescue, we are obviously very keen to trace the suspect and prevent him from attacking anybody else."