Hatch date: 2001
Long been kept as a pet, these parrots were first bred by the people of India at least 3,000 years ago. Native to Southern Asia and central Africa, these birds have proved extremely adaptable and have spread across the globe thanks to the release of captive birds back into the wild. They can be found in a variety of habitats including grassland, rainforests, wetlands, urban centres and even cold, northern environments.
This species of parrot is one of the few that has successfully adapted to living in disturbed habitat and has withstood the onslaught of urbanization and deforestation. Their population numbers are increasing and some scientists think that ongoing habitat degradation has actually created new areas of suitable habitat and helped to boost their numbers. Where these parrots have been introduced (not native to the region) their growing numbers are actually threatening other species as well as agriculture production.
Did you know that I am invasive too!
Rose-ringed Parakeets are invasive to Hong Kong, Singapore, Jerusalem, Paris, London, Los Angeles and some cities in Florida!
Did you know...
That Rose-ringed parakeets were the first parrots to be brought to Europe and were kept as pets in Ancient Rome and Greece. Even Socrates is reported to have praised this bird's beauty and talking talent!