Name: Ring-necked Parakeet
Scientific name: Psittacula krameri
Nature Stars: 40
About: A medium-sized, green parakeet, about 40cm long with a very long, narrow tail, a bright red bill. Males have a black throat and a thin black and pink collar. Ring-necked Parakeets nest in holes in trees in gardens and parkland. They are very noisy birds,
How to identify: Unmistakable, although other species of parrot do sometimes escape.
Where: Found in south east England, particularly around south and west London. Occasionally found elsewhere, usually as an escapee from captivity.
Fantastic fact: Originally from India, pet parakeets escaped and now nest in the wild, and seem to be increasing.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc