Parakeets Are Popping Up In Du...


Parakeets Are Popping Up In Dublin Gardens


01:10 19 Jan 2021

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Just when we thought 2021 couldn't get any stranger, there are parrots flying around Dublin!

The birds, which are native to Africa and the Indian Subcontinent, have been spotted in Fairview among other places.

Ring-Necked Parakeet In Park Rose - Free photo on Pixabay

Oddly, there is a huge wild parakeet population in the UK, with most of the birds living in London.

According to a 2019 journal of zoology, the population grew from accidental and intentional pet releases!

File:GOC Richmond 172 Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)  (14687663324).jpg - Wikimedia Commons

Fairview resident Cathal Mac an Bheatha has been visited by green ring-necked parakeets for a number of months now.

He's even caught the birds, who eat anything from berries, nuts and seeds to household scraps, on film!

Ring-Necked Parakeets Fighting - Free photo on Pixabay

The parrots first popped up on the Irish Garden Bird Survey last year and are better adapted to our cold temperatures than other parakeets.

And yes, they can be taught to talk!

Ring-Necked Parakeet In Flight - Free photo on Pixabay

Anyone who spots a parakeet in the wild can record the sighting on the Biodiversity Ireland website.

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