Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rose-ringed Parakeet

This is the most common Parakeet in the low-lands of Sri Lanka. It is one of the few birds which is not protected as it is considered an agricultural pest. More info and techs inside.

To see the techs for this shot, click here.

The Rose-ringed parakeet regularly visits gardens in urban areas, including gardens in the heart of Colombo, feeding on fruits and seeds. They feed and move around in small flocks which are often heard screeching in flight. They nest in tree burrows and compete for nest sites with Barbets. Only the males have a rose collar and their faces have a powder blue tinge.

A bird feeder which is regularly filled or some fruit trees and a little bit of luck is all that is required to attract the birds to your garden.. The Parakeets do not take flight as easily as some other birds and they can be photographed with ease using a 300mm lens. The image above was taken at 400mm but I am confident that, if required, I would have been able to move a lot closer.
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Chris said...

An agricultural pest... Woow that's incredible... this is a beautiful bird and you got a very nice picture of it!

holdingmoments said...

These are spreading rapidly over here, and viewed as a bit of a pest.
Lovely shot Dev.

Dev Wijewardane said...

I watched a doco a while ago about how quickly these birds are spreading around the UK, where it is an introduced species.
I was a bit surprised about them being considered a pest in Sri Lanka though.

Thanks for your comments.

S.C.E. said...

Nice shot, these seem to have spread everywhere even into temperate areas.............but not to Hokkaido yet (too cold?).

Actually they'd probably eat it in Japan!

Gallicissa said...

I shot a pretty decent one at Yala when I had a Leopard performing for 1 1/2 hours.