4 RING-NECKED PARAKEET
There is one species in London which, on first encountering it, makes you rub your eyes in disbelief. This bird looks (and sounds) like it flew straight out of a tropical forest. Indeed, that is the native habitat of the Ring-necked Parakeet. The species has a wide natural range across the forests of Africa and Asia. How these birds ended up in London is a popular topic of debate; some say Jimi Hendrix released a pair calling them Adam and Eve. Others believe several were released during filming for The African Queen in Isleworth. These are real ‘Marmite’ birds, attracting both admiration and disdain. One thing is for sure; the sight of thousands of parakeets coming in to roost is now one of London’s biggest wildlife spectacles. The roost at Wormwood Scrubs is well worth a visit, especially in the middle of winter.