PARAKEET IN­VA­SION

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This year’s Spring­watch (see page 40) hopes to fea­ture a very colour­ful ad­di­tion to Bri­tain’s fauna – the ring-necked parakeet. Hail­ing from trop­i­cal Asia and Africa, the species es­caped from pri­vate aviaries and sur­vives in the UK’s colder cli­mate. It is now seen in ev­ery Lon­don park and its stri­dent call is heard through­out the south-east, where its pop­u­la­tion num­bers tens of thou­sands. It nests in tree-holes and some bird­ers fear it may be dis­plac­ing na­tive tree-nesters such as star­lings, nuthatches and jack­daws.

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