A Beautiful long-tailed Parakeet native to Southern Asia and central Africa. A very adaptable bird, because escaped birds have established feral populations in lots of areas around the world. They now live in cities like London, Paris, Hong Kong, Jerusalem, Los Angeles and Florida.
I found this Parakeet originally eating at a bird feeder in Playa Del Rey, California, he then flew over to perch on the telephone wires.
These tropical parakeets numbers have been decreasing in some areas due to trapping them for the pet trade. They are very popular in the pet industry. The royals in India thought that owning one of these birds as a pet was a popular status symbol in their Indian culture.
The Rose-ringed Parakeet can live 25 to 30 years. I see several species of parakeets throughout the Los Angeles area when I am there. They are beautiful birds and they seem to be able to survive and adapt to these unique surrounds. You will usually hear the parakeets before you see them! The legends surrounding how they came to be in areas outside their native homes vary from, pet store escapees, cargo ship container escapees to owners just letting them loose. I’m sure it was probably all of the above, but now that they are out and breeding we can enjoy these beauties in the wild.