Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)

male Rose-ringed Parakeet in Hampi, September 2011

male Rose-ringed Parakeet in Hampi, September 2011

The Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) is a medium-sized bird originally occurring in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar) and throughout the Sahel of Africa (from Guinea and Senegal up to Somalia). The birds are gregarious and herbivorous feeding mostly on buds, fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries, and seeds. Although they share a shining green plumage, sexes can be distinguished by the reddish ring around the neck only carried by males. The birds agree well with humans and are often seen within city limits, for example, in parks and gardens or around monuments. The Rose-ringed Parakeet has been a popular pet species for a long time – starting already with the ancient Greeks and Romans who are known to have kept these birds. Certainly, this is partly caused by their ability to mimic human speech. Due to the escape of such pets, the species became introduced to many more regions, including a number of European cities, the US, northern and southern Africa, the Middle East, and Japan. During journeys through India, the pretty birds are a common sight. I have photographed them in Kachchh (December 2008), Hampi (September 2011), and Delhi (January 2014).

male Rose-ringed Parakeet in Delhi, January 2014

male Rose-ringed Parakeet in Delhi, January 2014

male and female parakeets in Delhi, January 2014

male and female parakeets in Delhi, January 2014

male Rose-ringed Parakeet in Kachchh, December 2008

male Rose-ringed Parakeet in Kachchh, December 2008

parakeets in Kachchh, December 2008

parakeets in Kachchh, December 2008

Rose-ringed Parakeet in Kachchh, December 2008

Rose-ringed Parakeet in Kachchh, December 2008

Rose-ringed Parakeet in Kachchh, December 2008

Rose-ringed Parakeet in Kachchh, December 2008

parakeets in Kachchh, December 2008

parakeets in Kachchh, December 2008

parakeets in Kachchh, December 2008

parakeets in Kachchh, December 2008

 

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