Wednesday, 12 December 2012

WIld Bird Wednesday 22 - Rose-ringed Parakeet

These parrots were common around my hotel on Oman - and while these birds are not truly native to Oman they have become established in a large number of places.  They are wide spread in the Middle East, but apparently any birds "outside of Iran probably originate from escapes".  If that is the case they are doing very well because there were dozens over them!

This bird is also known as the Ring-necked Parakeet and goes by the scientific name of Psittacula krameri.  Its about 42 cm long and likes to make a lot of noise.  They seemed to gather in flocks in the evening, and could often be seen flying off to locations unknown - presumably to roost.

I had only seen this bird once - in Australia a few week before, where it was an obvious cage escapee.  So, this is another life bird - although seeing a bird from a feral population never really feels the same as  seeing truly wide native bird.



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42 comments:

  1. they're really beautiful. i love their curious head tilts. :)

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  2. They are beautiful and are also commonly seen here in India!! Lovely captures.

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  3. Maybe twice in my long lifetime have I seen an "escapee" Parakeet. I don't think they fair well here because there are so few of them that they can't get the protection of a flock. Your Parakeet is beautiful and you, as always, took very good photos of him. Your trip to Oman was very fruitful for your camera ... and hopefully your work :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  4. Lovely green color to go with its bright beak!
    I think seeing the bird in the wild under the circumstances is better than in a cage though.
    Great shots!

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  5. Congrets Stewart, on adding another life bird to your list.
    What a beautiful green color. Great shots!

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  6. It's a bird that looks very nice on pictures! Great shots on this we only can see in cages!
    Greetings Pia

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  7. We have ring necked parakeets down south that have breed from escaped pets and zoos. Definitely not a native brd for us though. From Findlay

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  8. Very interesting to see another Parakeet that is doing so well outside its original territory. Great photos.

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  9. What a pretty bird!

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  10. Dear Stewart,lovely birds!I like parrots !!Fantastic shots too!!Have a lovely week!(Internet problems!sorry for not visiting your blog)
    Dimi..

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  12. That apple green is very endearing.

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  13. oh yes, nice to see them in the wild Stewart; lovely snapshots

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  14. Must be nice to see something like this in the wild, even if it's not really wild... Nice captures!

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  15. Stewart, it is a pretty parakeet and a great sighting. I would say it was wild as long as it was not in cage or an escapee. Beautiful photos! Thanks for hosting, have a great week ahead.

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  16. Yeah, these birds are a feast to the watcher's eyes!

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  17. He blends in really well with the green leaves!

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  18. Cool looking little bird. I want one!!!

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  19. would love to see them ....their color is so unique...you sure got a lot of shots while in Oman.

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  20. They're lovely birds -- it seems like they're watching you and wondering what you're doing.

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  21. What a pretty parrot. Great coloring.

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  22. My boys are really liking the little green guy! Very nice.

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  23. Beautiful bird! I like the very long tail feathers!

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  24. As young Findlay says, above, we've got a well-established feral population of these in SE England. In 2009 I spent 5 days on a boat on the Thames to the west of London. I estimate I saw over 400 of these birds during that time. They are very noisy in the morning.

    Seems there's possibly going to be a campaign to remove them as they are reckoned to be seriously usurping the habitat and food sources of some of our native birds.

    They are. however, spectacular birds to see, as your super images show!

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  25. Some realy quality birds you picked up on this trip, lovely shades of greens in these images

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  26. They look even more out of place in the UK Stewart. Not sure when you left these shores but those darned thing have a healthy feral population now. Thankfully not too many near home.

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  27. Great colours!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  28. Beautiful Parakeets Stewart. As Richard points out, feral populations of any creature can become a huge problem.

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  29. The head tilt is curious. He/she seems to be listening intently!

    Very nice capture of a quite lovely parakeet!

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  30. Very pretty! Love that lime color!

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  31. Those photos are so artful!Each is positioned so gracefully, and the colors are beautiful.

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  32. Beautiful little birds!As always,thank you so much for hosting,phyllis

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  33. I love parakeets in the wild. It is great to see them flying free. :)

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  34. Fantastic to see this bird in the wild.They are so beautiful and have so nice colors.
    //Kicki

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  35. Now, Stewart, we've seen a lot of bird pictures from your middle east trip - was any actual work performed??

    :)

    Love these green gems. We have several pockets along the coast of escaped parrots and parakeets. It's always startling to see a flock of green here in central Florida!

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  36. Even though I haven't got a contribution this week, your title intrigued me as I knew there was no wild OZ population & wondered where you saw them!!! Now I know!! Another cool pick-up from Oman, huh?

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  37. The lime green colour of these Parakeets is so vibrant. Nice captures!!

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  38. What a pretty little parakeet! I think one of my New Year's resolutions will be to capture some more wildlife photos. Come to think of it, they are not wild but my brother and SIL have two or three different type birds - so must remember to bring my camera on my next visit!

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