Ring-necked Parakeet, Psittacula krameri


Short description of Psittacula krameri, Ring-necked Parakeet

This species draws attention by its frequent loud screeching calls. Both sexes are predominantly bright yellowish-green, with long, pointed wings and tail, and a strong red bill. Males have a black throat and a black and pink neck ring.

Description of Psittacula krameri, Ring-necked Parakeet status in GB

A substantial and expanding breeding population of ring-necked parakeets (also known as rose-ringed parakeet) is established in parts of southern England. Their raucous calls are a familiar sound in many London parklands.  Spectacular roosts, drawing birds from a wide area, often contain several thousand in just a few trees.

Habitat summary: Psittacula krameri, Ring-necked Parakeet

The species is found mostly in urban or suburban habitats, such as parkland, and especially in the London area.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Africa, China, Indian Subcontinent, Indo-China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina, Benin, Bhutan, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Mali, Myanmar, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Nepal, Pakistan, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Chad, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam
Functional type: Herbivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: Northrepps
Date of first record: 1855

Distribution map

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John Marchant

Last updated:

October 4th 2019

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