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 Post subject: Parakeet: Roseringed
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:49 am 
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Not a great pic but a first for me! Taken in Morningside, Jhb.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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We had a very interesting sighting near Strandfontein in Cape Town - 20th August:

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Apologies for pic quality but bird was at the top of a tall tree, so pix cropped and second pic lightened a bit.
Is this perhaps a female Rose-Ringed Parakeet?(the long tail seen while the bird was flying drew our attention to it) Or is this just an escaped exotic bird?(apologies, I do not know many 'caged' birds)
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Sure looks like Rose-ringed Parakeet. Incidentally when I was at Rondevlei about 2 years ago a bird flew over against the sun but the silhouette also resembled a Parakeet.

I do assume that this will most probably be an escaped bird but please email the photos and details of the sighting to Trevor Hardaker of Zest for Birds and who keep the SA Rare Bird report going as he also report escapees on his list: (hardaker@mweb.co.za)

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Many thanks francoisd! I have e-mailed Trevor. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Many thanks francoisd! I have e-mailed Trevor. :thumbs_up:

Hi Wanda. Trevor reported it in the latest SA Rare Bird News Report that was sent out last night, but I guess you know as he copied you in on the distribution list.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Here in Durban we get large flocks of the Rose-ringed Parakeet, think they are breeding quite successfully in this area.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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@francoisd - :thumbs_up: (Quite exciting to have a pic included in the SA Rare Birds News Report, even if it was an escapee :wink: )

@Elsa - :mrgreen: Wish CT had more colourful birds.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi All,


This isn't really Sanparks related, but I was hoping somebody could help with an ID. I live in Bedfordview, JHB and I heard a call yesterday that was completely foreign to me, so I grabbed the camera and headed outside and this is what I found. I'm pretty sure they are escapees and I'm thinking they are Parakeets. There were a group of 5 birds - 4 green and 1 blue.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Rose-ringed Parakeets. Well establshed feral flocks getting everywhere. Even Europe.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Rose-ringed Parakeets. Well establshed feral flocks getting everywhere. Even Europe.

Real real pest. They're very well established in the Linden/Randburg area.
Kill em if you can!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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joshilewis wrote:
Maxwell wrote:
Rose-ringed Parakeets. Well establshed feral flocks getting everywhere. Even Europe.

Real real pest. They're very well established in the Linden/Randburg area.
Kill em if you can!


Jeez, ur real aggro so early on a Monday... having a BLUE one? Maybe with rosey tinges... :twisted:

...and aimed at such a pretty bird too...

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Jeez, ur real aggro so early on a Monday... having a BLUE one? Maybe with rosey tinges... :twisted:



Not really :D
I'd have the same comment about those birds any time

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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<<Not really
I'd have the same comment about those birds any time.>>

If we could all go around killing anything we did not like it would cure everything. Sadly it won't work as you never get the last one! Better to kill the idiot who first releases alien species. :sniper:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Rose-ringed Parakeets are officially a pest in The Netherlands, like the Indian Mynah in South Africa. When they roost in a park the noise is something crazy. There are large numbers of them in The Hague, usually the green one.
This from Wikipedia: "In the Netherlands, the feral population in the four largest urban areas (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and especially in The Hague) has been estimated at more than 10,000 birds, more than double the number of birds estimated in 2004."


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi GP! They actually survive your winters :shock: ?


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