Ring-necked parakeet

©Neil Phillips

Ring-necked parakeet

Scientific name: Psittacula krameri
The bright green ring-necked parakeet is an escapee and our only naturalised parrot; its success is likely due to warmer winters. It can be seen in the South East.

Species information

Statistics

Length: 40cm
Wingspan: 45cm
Weight: 110-130g
Average lifespan: 15-30 years

Conservation status

Introduced, non-native species.

When to see

January to December

About

A medium-sized, green parakeet, the ring-necked parakeet is the UK's only naturalised parrot and the most northerly breeding parrot in the world. ring-necked parakeets are originally from Africa and southern Asia and were kept as pets in the UK. They escaped into the wild, however, and have become naturalised in the south-east especially, aided by warmer winters. They nest in holes in trees in gardens and parkland, and are often found in noisy, roosting flocks of hundreds of birds. They eat nuts, seeds, berries and fruits.

How to identify

The ring-necked parakeet is an unmistakable green parrot, although other species of parrot do escape sometimes. It has a very long, narrow tail and a bright red bill. Males have a black throat and a thin black and pink collar.

Distribution

Found in South East England, particularly around south and west London. Occasionally found elsewhere, usually as an escapee from captivity.

Did you know?

Like other parrots, ring-necked parakeets are great mimics. They are able to copy human speech and can be taught to say words and phrases.

How people can help

The Wildlife Trusts are working with researchers, scientists and other conservationists to monitor changes in our wildlife in order to be able to react to the adverse effects of climate change. You can help: volunteer for your local Trust and you'll be able to monitor populations and survey habitats, adding to a growing bank of data on the effects of climate change.