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 Post subject: Wild parrots in UK ?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:16 pm 
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Just saw a weird bird in my garden - about 30cm high, bright green and yellow, short thick hooky beak, long tail , it’s squawk was a very Non pigeon sounding pair of sqeaks - wtf is it ?

My first guess was pheasant due to the tail - but green ?
Seem to be a pair of them sqaw-squawking around


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Whoa, he flew right past me - quite thick wings, wondering maybe an owl or a small hawk ?
Didn’t have a fat owl head though, and I thought they were nocturnal ?


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brazlian flying pigs they are called

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give it up on the crack tho...


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There are shit loads of parakeets in London.

I thought they were mostly around Richmond but we get them in Finchley

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Sam, I’m 90% sure you are correct , I did not know they were wild in the U.K. and as I’m only about 4 or 5 miles from Richmond as the non-Crow flies , it makes sense.

Once again the forum has come up with a quick , relevant, factual , helpful, terse, truthful and (I suspect) affordable answer .


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Indian ringnecks most likely, or Alexandrine parrots which look very similar but are larger. There are masses of them in London and half the major cities in Europe. Also big colonies of monk parakeets, various species of conure, species of Amazon parrots and love birds. We saw 5 different varieties of wild parakeets in Barcelona alone.


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Sam, I’m 90% sure you are correct , I did not know they were wild in the U.K. and as I’m only about 4 or 5 miles from Richmond as the non-Crow flies , it makes sense.

Once again the forum has come up with a quick , relevant, factual , helpful, terse, truthful and (I suspect) affordable answer .


bushy park is well known for them :thumbup:


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Can’t move for the booody things in Twickenham. We used to have an apple tree - every year, just before the apples became sweet, a horde of them would descend and strip the tree. They look very pretty when they swoop over the green whilst your kids are playing cricket, mind.


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So I’ve been in London 20 years and I think this is the first time I’ve seen them

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backrow wrote:
So I’ve been in London 20 years and I think this is the first time I’ve seen them

:lol:

I saw one within 20 minutes of first getting off the train from the airport first time in London. :lol:

They are so common across Europe that I notice more when there are none in a place, than I do when they are present. Like crows.


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There are supposed to be wallabies in the wild in England too.


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We get loads of these in Ealing. It is a noted west London phenomenom.


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Can’t move for the booody things in Twickenham. We used to have an apple tree - every year, just before the apples became sweet, a horde of them would descend and strip the tree. They look very pretty when they swoop over the green whilst your kids are playing cricket, mind.


I hope they do not make their way to Essex, as I have half a dozen apple trees, and want to keep the fruit.


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Plenty in South-East London too now.


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They're a swarm in Harrow


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I was on a roof in Greenwich a couple of years ago and there were shitloads :o thought I was having a flashback :nod:


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backrow wrote:
Just saw a weird bird in my garden - about 30cm high, bright green and yellow, short thick hooky beak, long tail , it’s squawk was a very Non pigeon sounding pair of sqeaks - wtf is it ?

My first guess was pheasant due to the tail - but green ?
Seem to be a pair of them sqaw-squawking around

Dear feck this is common knowledge ffs :lol:


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Indian ringnecks most likely, or Alexandrine parrots which look very similar but are larger. There are masses of them in London and half the major cities in Europe. Also big colonies of monk parakeets, various species of conure, species of Amazon parrots and love birds. We saw 5 different varieties of wild parakeets in Barcelona alone.

They are an invasive species in Barcelona. Also Heron (where i work is named after them)


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Not on the same scale but not infrequent sightings in the Surrey Hills. Obviously far more exotic birds in the Smoke.


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I recall seeing flocks of them in Weybridge around 1985. I was told they were fairly localised then but have spread out since then. Have seen them in Hyde Park around 4 years ago.


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OhNo wrote:
There are supposed to be wallabies in the wild in England too.


Here
http://www.roaches.org.uk/wallabies.htm


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Ring-necked Parakeets. UKs only naturalised parrot.


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Loads of them round my way too - Epping forest.


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Billericay Dickie wrote:
OhNo wrote:
There are supposed to be wallabies in the wild in England too.


Here
http://www.roaches.org.uk/wallabies.htm


I suspect they are no more. Haven’t seen one for years.

Hope you are still doing very well,btw.


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Mick Mannock wrote:
Mahoney wrote:
Can’t move for the booody things in Twickenham. We used to have an apple tree - every year, just before the apples became sweet, a horde of them would descend and strip the tree. They look very pretty when they swoop over the green whilst your kids are playing cricket, mind.


I hope they do not make their way to Essex, as I have half a dozen apple trees, and want to keep the fruit.

Well, they are defo in Buckhurst Hill, so wherever you are in Essex it’s only a matter of time. They are coming.


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A bit unrelated but I've seen quite a few Red Kites this year while playing cricket out in the sticks. One came overhead very low while we were fielding on Saturday morning (out near Alton). Fabulous sight, got an excellent view of it before it got on a thermal and climbed away.

Hope it's a sign that they are increasing in numbers - they're a 'near threatened' species


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A bit unrelated but I've seen quite a few Red Kites this year while playing cricket out in the sticks. One came overhead very low while we were fielding on Saturday morning (out near Alton). Fabulous sight, got an excellent view of it before it got on a thermal and climbed away.

Hope it's a sign that they are increasing in numbers - they're a 'near threatened' species


When I first moved to Stokenchurch back in 03 you hardly saw any Red Kites -and Stokenchurch was the specific breeding ground for the repopulation effort.

It's now 15 years later, and the whole of South Oxfordshire and South Bucks is covered by them


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They are on the increase, get plenty of them round this way since breeding pairs were introduced into Rockingham Forest in 1995. Don't know the exact numbers, but there are probably over a thousand birds in Northamptonshire alone, including the one Globus has no doubt trained to fetch his newspaper.


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One of the largest flocks of UK ring necked parakeets roost at Esher Rugby Club. And yes red kites are thriving, a massively successful reintroduction.


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They are on the increase, get plenty of them round this way since breeding pairs were introduced into Rockingham Forest in 1995. Don't know the exact numbers, but there are probably over a thousand birds in Northamptonshire alone, including the one Globus has no doubt trained to fetch his newspaper.


:lol:

Good to know

We saw 3 of them at a cricket ground (also not far from Alton) earlier in the season - but a little too far away to tell if they were 'reds'. Been playing cricket for 55 years, never seen one at a ground before - now seen 4 in a couple of months !!


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Could be worse, they could be flightless headfckers.


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Also aren't they tropical birds? How do they survive the winters?


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Saint wrote:
ovalball wrote:
A bit unrelated but I've seen quite a few Red Kites this year while playing cricket out in the sticks. One came overhead very low while we were fielding on Saturday morning (out near Alton). Fabulous sight, got an excellent view of it before it got on a thermal and climbed away.

Hope it's a sign that they are increasing in numbers - they're a 'near threatened' species


When I first moved to Stokenchurch back in 03 you hardly saw any Red Kites -and Stokenchurch was the specific breeding ground for the repopulation effort.

It's now 15 years later, and the whole of South Oxfordshire and South Bucks is covered by them

My sister has a pair nesting in her garden near Stokenchurch. They've been there about 2 or 3 years. There are loads of them now.


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Saint wrote:
ovalball wrote:
A bit unrelated but I've seen quite a few Red Kites this year while playing cricket out in the sticks. One came overhead very low while we were fielding on Saturday morning (out near Alton). Fabulous sight, got an excellent view of it before it got on a thermal and climbed away.

Hope it's a sign that they are increasing in numbers - they're a 'near threatened' species


When I first moved to Stokenchurch back in 03 you hardly saw any Red Kites -and Stokenchurch was the specific breeding ground for the repopulation effort.

It's now 15 years later, and the whole of South Oxfordshire and South Bucks is covered by them

My sister has a pair nesting in her garden near Stokenchurch. They've been there about 2 or 3 years. There are loads of them now.

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Also aren't they tropical birds? How do they survive the winters?

Have you been outside recently??

But seriously, they've been in Ealing since I was a kid (circa 1982 onwards) and I've seen them in Stoke Newington recently.

I reckon teen hasn't noticed them before because he only pays attention to birds with big tits.


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Also aren't they tropical birds? How do they survive the winters?

Have you been outside recently??

But seriously, they've been in Ealing since I was a kid (circa 1982 onwards) and I've seen them in Stoke Newington recently.

I reckon teen hasn't noticed them before because he only pays attention to birds with big tits.


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True Blue wrote:
Also aren't they tropical birds? How do they survive the winters?


Their native range extend into the foothills of the Himalayas and it’s likely that milder winters have helped them in the UK. I believe they have been around since the 70’s or so but started expanding their range roughly in the last decade. Every weekend, unless it is pissing it down, you will find crowds of people feeding them in Kensington Gardens.


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