Ring Necked Parakeet

Posted: June 30, 2016 in Birds, Natural History
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.


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.


  1. There was a major release of Parakeets when I was a youth back in the mid 1950s.
    It took place when a cage with about 20 parakeets on the Elm Rd side of Sidcup place was vandalised. They flew downhill and downwind to Footscray Place where they lived a precarious existence for many years. They lived in a large Oak from which they spread out from in a good year and then retreated back to after a hard winter.

    Because the original cage was largely exposed. to the elements, the birds had several years to acclimatise before the cage was vandalised.

    Wardens at the Meadows that I talked to reported that they hunted small rodents during hard times.

    I lived and went to school in Sidcup.

    Richard S G Moger

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