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Rose Ringed Parakeet

Rose Ringed Parakeet
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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Green Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-03 16:51
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Points: 20
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Rose Ringed Parakeet
We have a ever increasing population of Wild Rose Ringed Parakeets in London. They have been visible in Parks for abour 5 years now. There is a popular belief that they escaped from a film studio about 25 or so years ago. They tend to keep away from humans and this one was quite difficult to photograph as he was behind a tall wall and he kept hiding.

In the wild, Rose-ringed Parakeets usually feed on buds, fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries and seeds. Wild flocks also fly several miles to forage in farmlands and orchards causing extensive damage.

The Rose-ringed Parakeet is on average 40 cm (16 inches) long including the tail feathers. Its average single wing length is about 15–17.5 cm (6-7 inches). The tail accounts for a large portion of the length. The Indian Rose-ringed Parakeet, African Rose-ringed Parakeet, Abyssinian Rose-ringed Parakeet and Neumann's Rose-ringed Parakeet measure 42 cm, 40 cm, 40 cm and 43 cm long, respectively.

[edit] Feral Rose-ringed Parakeets
The Rose-ringed Parakeet has established feral populations in India, a number of European cities, South Africa and Japan. There are also apparently stable populations in the USA in Florida and California, and a small but self-sustaining population Tehran, Iran, mostly concentrated in the northern parts of city.

The European populations became established during the mid to late 20th Century from introduced and escaped birds. There are two main population centres in Britain: the largest is based around south London, Surrey and Berkshire, and by 2005 consisted of many thousands of birds. A smaller population occurs around Margate and Ramsgate, Kent. Elsewhere in Britain, smaller feral populations have established from time to time (e.g., at Studland, Dorset, Kensington Gardens).

In the Netherlands and Belgium, there exist a network of feral populations numbering 5-6000 each in urbanized areas. In Germany, these birds are found along the Rhine in all major urban areas between Neuss/Düsseldorf and Heidelberg, and in the northeast of Hamburg. Other populations are found around Paris and in Barcelona.

The birds in these populations represent hybrids, originally between varying numbers - according to locality - of the subspecies manillensis, borealis, and/or (to a lesser extent) krameri.

However, in some parts of South Asia - from where the Rose-ringed Parakeets originated, populations of these birds are decreasing due to trapping for the pet trade. Despite some people's attempts to revive their population by freeing these birds from local markets, the Rose-ringed Parakeet's population has dropped drastically in many areas of the Indian subcontinent.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-03 16:58]
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Was this taken in Richmond? I have seen them flying through the trees there. There is quite a colony there. I have even seen some in Sussex now. This is a great shot. Stunning colours, lovely details and I love the shy pose



I love parrots. Any parrots.
Your notes are FABULOUS.
This is a well presented subject; extremely clear.
Well focused.
The register of the colours is, simply put, OUTSTANDING.
Best regards,

Hi Deborah ,
great shot.
interesting moment. it has great colours,sharpness , composition and BG.
well captured.
thanks for sharing

Hi Debz,

Nicely captured and well done on the composition. Very good lighting.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-04 10:54]
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Hi Deb,

I can't imagine seeing these Parakeets flying around a major city! This is a wonderful close-up with good eye contact.



If it really escaped from a film studio a quarter century ago and found itself a congenial habitat in London, then this bird deserves all the credit for its resilience, Deborah.
Parakeets are basically parrots and we have plenty of them in India. In fact they prove to be formibable pests for fruit crops and damage them to an alarming extent every year.

Your Parakeet here seems to be quite shy, but you have captured its face very well in this picture. The details and colours are very good and I like the shadow of the branch falling across its face. It gives the picture a natural look.
Thanks for sharing it and best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-05 10:32]
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Hello Deb,
Nice tentative portrait of an Urban Ring-necked Parakeet. This is sharp and I like the pose and comp.
They seem to have become UK residents, so I guess it's just a matter of time before they get established in Sweden, if global warming has anything to do with it. As they seem to have their own ecological niche I don't think they will affect native birds, but they might compete with woodpeckers for nesting sites.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-05 11:08]
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Hello Deborah,
It must be very strange to see these flying around in London! I'm amazed that they tolerate the miserable climate! I've seen them in Delhi where it's nice and warm. Great shot anyway, I like the way he's peeping around at you. Sharp details of plumage and nice colours.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Haha what a nice capture. Good colors and compo.
Sharpness and DOP is splendid.

This fellow looks good! Is this a noisy species (I mean do you hear them a lot?)


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