Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)

Adult Rose-ringed Parakeet (subspecies P. k. borealison Regent's Park, London - October 2009

OTHER NAMES: Rose-ringed Parakeet
Local Name (Spain): Cotorra de Kramer
Featured Subspecies: Psittacula krameri borealis
Weight: 94-180g
Length: 40cm
Wingspan: 42-48cm
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Britain's only fully established Parrot species - these parakeet established themselves at some point in the last 50 years and have been increasing ever since. Widespread within London (and apparently other places) they are however still restricted in range for now. In central London Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens seems to be a hot-spot - you can hear them shrieking from the trees a lot of the time just to the west of the Serpentine.  As with in Britain, in Spain the Rose-Ringed Parakeet is abundant in some Spanish cities - Seville in particular, though a few were seen in Madrid, although the Monk Parakeet was more prevalent in the latter.

Related Species:
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Psittacula
Subspecies: P. k. krameri, P. k. parvirostris, P. k. borealis, P. k. manillensis

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Common to Locally abundant Breeding Resident (8600 pairs)
 - Locally common in South East England including Regent's Park and Kensington Gardens.
SPAIN - Common in some cities.
 - SEVILLE 2011 TRIP: Common around Seville    

Further Information: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuidesBirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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