The Thanet Ring-necked Parakeets
The ring-necked parakeets population has been increasing steadily, though it remains concentrated in south-east England.
The ring-necked parakeet's native range is a broad belt of arid tropical countryside stretching from west Africa across lowland India south of the Himalayas, where it is a common bird.
Despite their tropical origin, parakeets are able to cope with the cold British winters, especially in suburban parks, large gardens, and orchards, where food supply is more reliable. They feed on a wide variety of fruit, berries, nuts, seeds, grain and household scraps. Parakeets are colourful and frequent visitors to bird tables and garden feeders, particularly during the winter months.
See my collection of recent parakeet pictures taken from my garden where the parakeets regularly fly over and land in fruit trees in surrounding garden. I love trying to capture these colourful birds in flight, although it isn't easy as they are so erratic flyers.
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