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No longer in SW london. Still living with DD and Twiglet.

Surrounded by parrots.


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Feral rose ringed parakeet

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26th Jan 2008, 19:02   | tags:,,,

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swamprose says:

do they run restaurants in the UK like they do in Roatan?

feral is a word I first heard in Australia. are they any kind of menace to native wildlife?

26th Jan 2008, 20:13

Twiglet says:

Feral in this context means that they were once captive/domesticated birds and they have bred successful colonies in the wild. People who don't like them say they are a threat to the local wildlife. People who do like them say they are not. As with everything, no one takes any notice of the experts. We love them. They are absolutely gorgeous, loud, sqawky and squeaky.

In this country any species that is half way successful is considered to be a threat so therefore must be culled....

26th Jan 2008, 21:10

Spiderbaby says:

When I was an undergrad I knew someone whose PhD was on the naturalisation and spread of these things :) They haven't made it to Leeds yet so far as i know.
Had to camp out the night at Ham House near Richmond Park a few years back and there were loads of them then. They were very special to see and very, very noisy!

27th Jan 2008, 19:16

FilbertFox says:

nope not got em in Yorkshire yet, well not on the menu in the chip oil anyhows

29th Jan 2008, 22:47