Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rose Ringed Parakeet

A Rose ringed Parakeet photographed in Colombo, Sri Lanka
A Rose ringed Parakeet photographed in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Of all the parakeets found in Sri Lanka, the Rose ringed Parakeet is by far the most common in the lowlands. A flock of about ten birds visit our garden twice a day to feed on the fruit trees and whatever is left out on the bird tray. More images and info after the jump.

A Rose ringed Parakeet photographed in Colombo, Sri Lanka
A Rose ringed Parakeet photographed in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Interestingly, this bird is one of the few birds that are not protected. They are actually considered to be an agricultural pest (more info on this here). They have been able to establish feral populations in a number of European cities as well as South Africa and India. Most of these populations have been established by introduced birds as well as escaped pets. Unfortunately these birds are still popular as pets in Sri Lanka.

A Rose ringed Parakeet photographed in Colombo, Sri Lanka
A Rose ringed Parakeet photographed in Colombo, Sri Lanka

All the images in this post were captured with a Canon 7D and the 100-400mm lens. I didn't have to zoom in to 400mm to capture these images as the birds let me get quite close to them.

A Rose ringed Parakeet photographed in Colombo, Sri Lanka
A Rose ringed Parakeet photographed in Colombo, Sri Lanka

More info and images of this bird at

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4 comments:

Chris said...

Beautiful post Dev and very nice text... I think it has started to colonize quite a lot of European location after it has escaped from zoo!

Me-shak said...

Lovely pictures as all ways. Can't believe they are considered a pest, they look so gorgeous.
Looking forward for more!

Cheers!

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks for dropping by.

Yes, it's hard to imagine its a pest.

SACHIRA said...

Such a familiar sight, yet how rarely we see them close up to admire his attire. Lovely pics mate.