Sunday, January 15, 2006
Rose ringed parakeets
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) are the only parrot recognised on the british list at this time. Its unclear where they came from but a large feral population has developed since the 60's in and around south-west London. I regularly see them in the Richmond area (often in Kew Gardens or the London Wetland Centre) and they can be seen flocking to roosts in the evenings.
These were flocking around feeders at the London Wetland Centre and they look absolutely ridiculous playing in birch trees in the dead of the English winter. There is some concern that they may become an agricultural pest or push out other cavity nesting birds like Little Owls and some people find them aggressive at bird tables and feeders but you cannot deny they brighten a cold winters day.