Sometimes also known as the Rose-ringed parakeet, these birds originally from Africa and Asia have become established in the South East of England and are spreading northward. The UK population is thought to be of Indian origin and established itself following escapes from captivity. Its amazing breeding success has seen a rapid expansion of range in a relatively short time.
Even though Greater London and surrounding areas is still its stronghold, the species has been recorded in almost every county in England, and has reached Wales and the Scottish borders. The latest estimate is around 10,000 breeding pairs, but this may be an underestimate as the counts at our 2 local winter roosts were 6,000 and 2,000 birds last year.