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Bird Ring-Necked Parakeets

Ring-Necked Parakeet - Photo  Copyright 2000 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Psittacula krameri

Size: Around 40cms including the tail.

Distribution: Found in southern England.

Months seen: All year round.

Habitat: Parks, gardens and open spaces.

Food: Fruits and seeds.

Special features: Although the natural home of the rather exotic ring-necked parakeet is in sub-tropical Africa and India, many were brought to Britain in the 1960's and sold as pets.

Over the years many escaped and managed to establish themselves successfully in the wild, despite the cold climate of Britain.

Although parakeets have inhabited London and surrounding areas for many years, their population is now increasing. Current estimates suggest there are around 4,000 and they are gradually expanding their range up to the midlands of England.

Click for a better viewThis one was photographed in a garden close to Heathrow Airport, West London.

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