Ring-Necked Parakeet

Ring-Necked Parakeet

Key facts

Scientific name: Psittacula krameri

Status: Resident introduced population

Breeding birds: 8,600 pairs

Conservation status: N/A

Length: 38 – 42 cm

Wingspan: 42 – 48 cm

Weight: 95 – 150 g

Description

Ring-necked parakeets are also known as rose-ringed parakeets. They have greenish-yellow plumage with a long-graduated tail and hooked pink bill.

Male ring-necked parakeets have black bibs, narrow black and pink collars and a pink lines that extends across the nape and a blue crescent on the back of the crown. They have darker green flight feathers and bluish-green feathers on their tails.

Female ring-necked parakeets have duller emerald collars with no coloured markings on the back of their heads.

Juvenile ring-necked parakeets are similar to females but with yellower plumage, their tails are shorter and bills have a pale tip.

Nesting

Ring-necked parakeets build their nests in the hole of a tree or in high-up cavities such as a crevice in a wall. They will also use discarded nests. They line their nests with bark and feathers.

Ring-necked parakeets lay 3-4 smooth white eggs which are incubated by the female alone for 22-24 days. Females are sometimes helped by the males to raise the chicks which fledge about 40-45 days after hatching.

Feeding

Ring-necked parakeets eat fruit, berries, seeds and nuts in the wild, but they will also visit gardens to eat food and kitchen scraps offered on bird tables and feeders.

Ring-Necked Parakeet

Where to see them

Ring-necked parakeets are found mainly in the south-east of England, in particular in Surrey, Kent, Sussex and London.

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Did you know?

Ring-necked parakeets are the only species of parrots that live wild in the UK and are descended from pets that escaped or were deliberately released from captivity.

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