Green Ringnecked Parakeet


Amsterdam, Netherlands

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‘Tropical bird invading Western Europe’

Rose-ringed or Ringnecked parakeet ( Wikipedia ) in the tree tops near my balcony – Amsterdam South_East, the Netherlands

These tropical birds, originally brought into this country as “aviary – birds”, have found their home, first in the Vondel-park in Amsterdam, and from there have been spreading all over Amsterdam. They seem to occur in other larger towns of the Netherlands and Western Europe too, where they are able to survive our winters thanks to the feeding practices of the city people. They operate in small groups of 10-20 birds, are a very noisy gang, and are always the first to find the peanuts on the feeding tables.

The in the wild living populations were first observed in the Netherlands in 1968. They occur mainly in the 4 largest cities Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Den Haag and Utrecht. In recent counts (Jan. 2010) their number was estimated around 10.000 – a doubling of their number since 2004. (Source: )

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
exp.time 1/180 sec. at f/unknown
ISO 400 Focal length 300mm

TAGS : animals birds parrots, Rose-ringed or Ring necked parakeet, green_images, close-up, blur dof bokeh, wildlife_wild

Features and Top10 placements
Featured in The Silky Touch (Feb.14, 2011)
Featured in ‘Special featured member’ – Dutch showcase (March 14, 2011)
Top10 in Parrots – in Nature Photography Challenge (Sept. 8, 2011)
Featured in Nature Photography challenge (Sept. 12, 2010)
Top10 in Green – the addicted photographer (Nov. 7, 2011)
Featured in The addicted photographer (Nov. 11, 2011)
Top10 in It ain’t easy being green – International Women’s group (March 4, 2011)
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