Ring-necked Parakeet - Psittacula krameri

    Alternative names
    Rose-ringed Parakeet

    The UK's only naturalised parrot - it is large, long-tailed and green with a red beak. In flight it has pointed wings, a long tail and very steady, direct flight. The male has a distinctive pink and black ring around its face and neck, but the species is sexually dimorphic and the hen and immature birds of both sexes either show no neck rings, or display shadow-like pale to dark grey neck rings.

    Identification difficulty

    Often seen in tree branches and at garden feeders.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Often found in flocks, numbering hundreds at a roost site, it can be very noisy. It feeds on fruit, berries, nuts and seeds.

    UK Status

    Found mainly in south-east England, particularly Surrey, Kent and Sussex, but spreading further north.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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