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Indian Ringnecked Parakeet


Bird Type: Parrots & Parakeets

Scientific name: Psittacula krameri

IUCN World Conservation Status: LEAST CONCERN

This bird is the UK’s only naturalised parrot. Originating from the southern Indian subcontinent, there are now feral populations in Great Britain, mainly around London and the southeast.

Escaped into the wild from captivity, this invasive species has built up large numbers in the UK and is now considered by some to be a major agricultural pest, as well as a threat to some of our own native birds.

These hardy birds can withstand a range of environments, from southern Asia to western Europe.

Where in the world?

Native to central Africa, India and the Himalayas.

Threats in the wild


This species is one of the few parrots that have survived living in areas disturbed by humans, and have withstood large scale urbanisation and deforestation within their habitats. They live in flocks and are very sociable birds.


In the wild these birds feed on a mixture of nuts, fruit, seeds and berries.


Unlike most birds, ringneck parakeets do not mate for life. They will instead breed with different partners across the breeding seasons and will lay 2-6 eggs per clutch.