Archive for June 30, 2016

Ring-necked Parakeet

Ring-necked Parakeet

The only naturalised parrot species in the UK, it has proved to be a highly successful colonist since it was first seen in the 1960s. There are some interesting urban legends about their origin including escapees from the set of the film ‘African Queen’ or from Jimmy Hendrix London house.

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They are mainly found in SE England, although there are sightings from farther afield indicating that the population may be spreading to other parts of the country,

Ring-necked Parakeet

Ring-necked Parakeet

The last estimate was that there were 8600 breeding pairs although this seems likely to be an under-estimate as the last counts at the two local roosts in SE London were around 6,000 and 2,000 birds respectively.

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