Ring-Necked Parakeet

Ring-Necked Parakeet

Scientific name: Psittacula krameri

Did you know: The Ring-Necked Parakeet, a vibrant escapee, is the UK’s sole wild parrot species!

What Do Ring-Necked Parakeets Look Like? (how to identify them)

Ring-Necked Parakeets are a delightful sight with their vivid green bodies and striking long tails. These medium-sized parrots stand out with their red beaks and distinctive pink and black rings around their faces and necks. 

When in flight, their pointed wings and long tails are particularly noticeable. They’re known for their steady, direct, and swift flight patterns, often spotted in large flocks that can number in the hundreds.

Differences Between Male And Female Ring-Necked Parakeets

Male Ring-Necked Parakeets boast a black throat and a sleek black and pink collar, making them quite the dapper birds. In contrast, the females have a more subdued appearance, lacking the colourful neck markings.

What Do Ring-Necked Parakeets Eat?

These parakeets have a diverse diet that includes fruits, berries, nuts, and seeds. They’re often seen enjoying a feast at bird tables, showing a particular fondness for seeds, nuts, and even fat cakes during the colder months.

Where Do Ring-Necked Parakeets Live? (inc. migration info)

Primarily found in the South East of England, these parrots have made urban and suburban woodlands their home. Interestingly, they do not migrate but are rather a naturalised species, thriving in the UK’s milder winters.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Ring-Necked Parakeets)

Ring-Necked Parakeets are not just a visual treat but an auditory one too. Their loud calls are hard to miss, often being the first clue to their presence. These birds are also capable mimics, able to replicate human speech when kept as pets.

Fun Ring-Necked Parakeet Facts (kid friendly)

  • These parakeets are the only wild parrot species in the United Kingdom.
  • They can live for 15-30 years.
  • They can grow up to 42 cm in length with a wingspan of 48 cm.
  • These birds weigh between 96-139g.
  • They can mimic human speech.
  • They often form noisy groups, making their presence known.
  • They are frequently found in city parks and gardens.
  • These parakeets nest in tree holes or building cavities, laying 3-4 eggs.
  • They became a recognised British bird species in 1983.
  • Males have a black and pink collar, while females are a bit less colourful.

Facts About The Ring-Necked Parakeet

Diet: Fruit, berries, nuts and seeds.
Bird Family: Parrots
Length: 38-42cm
Wingspan: 42-48cm
Weight: 96-139g
Scientific Name: Psittacula krameri

The Ring-Necked Parakeet Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December