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A Ringnecked Parakeet sitting and drinking from ice on branch of a tree in the Vondelpark, Amsterdam. It is well known that tropical parakeet species are popular as pets. Interestingly, an increasing number of Ringnecked Parakeets (Psittacula krameri) have adapted to live in urban areas far away from their tropical home grounds and established feral populations in a number of European cities.

A growing group of Ringnecked Parakeets – often confused with parrots – have been living in Amsterdam since 1976. The very first birds were released pets that managed to survive the cold dutch winter by living in old trees in the well known Vondelpark. In the meantime, the exotic species has expanded to areas far outside the city centre. With their bright green feathers the exotic birds distinguished themselves from the dutch native species.

The Vondelpark is the main breeding place of these social birds. Bird countings in 2004 and 2006 revealed that more than 2000 Ringnecked Parakeets were living in Amsterdam. Biologist Roelant Jonker who was the organiser of the countings postulated that 99 % of the birds was born in the wild

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Comments (15)

Slavonicus on March 25, 2012

Very beautiful and tender photo and congratulations on the text that follows. Very interesting !

Like !

Greetings dear The Man in the labyrinth !

Erhard Bernstein on March 25, 2012

I fully agree - Like-2

♫ Swissmay on March 26, 2012

Vic, lovely photo of this pretty visitor! Thanks for the description, it's amazing that they can survive in the North. Warm regards, May

diego_cue on March 26, 2012

hehe we have some of that parakeets in Madrid too... They´ll be more popluar than pigeons in a few years hehehe

Saludos, diego

The Man in the Maze™ on March 26, 2012

To Slavonicus,

Thank you Slavonicus for your like no.1 and for your kind words!

Erhard Bernstein, Thank you for LK2 and for agreeing with me!

♫ Swissmay, Yes, I am very surprised that they can adapt to such cold climates, Amstedam was -18 c' when I was there!



I didn't know that you have them in Madrid too! Amazing!

Dear friends, Thank you for the first three likes on this European Parrot living in the cold North of Europe!!

Have a nice week ahead!


varkos on April 9, 2012

Very good shot! Like!

paradishiena on April 9, 2012

A new species: urban parakeet! :) Like her/him :)


The Man in the Maze™ on April 10, 2012

To varkos

Thank you for the like no.4!

To paradishiena

yes, somehow they manage to survive and even thrive in a much colder climate than their original one!

Thank you for the like 5 on this 'urban' parakeet!



Patrycja Błajdo on April 17, 2012

Great !

Thank you so much for adding your photos to my group The Animals and Environment! It's nice and I hope that you will still be involved in my group :) I Greet !

The Man in the Maze™ on April 22, 2012

Thank you to you Patrycia for accepting me in your group!

Have a nice Sunday!

The Man in the Maze

rikks on July 21, 2012

Ah...la globalizzazione ha colpito anche qui...scherzi a parte non so mai cosa pensare, non so se il futuro è nel mix e nell'adattamento o nella tutela delle specifiche aree. Se si pensa alle acacie che hanno ormai infestato i boschi di quercia o ai pesci siluro che razziano la fauna ittica del Po....boh

The Man in the Maze™ on July 23, 2012

la realta' e' che dove l'essere umano moderno mette mano si sconvolge l'equilibrio della natura, ma bisogna stare attenti poiche' madre natura ne sa piu' di noi e potrebbe primo o poi vendicarsi pesantemente per cio' che le causiamo tutti i giorni

The Man in the Maze™ on August 16, 2012

To valerica56

Hello Vali,

Many thanks for your appreciation!

Greetings from London, UK


✿ܓVeroH-sur © on August 31, 2012

It is similar to parrot Argentino.Greetings from Chubut-patagonia Argentina-Verònica♪

The Man in the Maze™ on August 31, 2012

To VeroHsur

Gracias Veronica!

This picture is best enjoyed if you open it fully!

Have a nice day ahead!


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  • Uploaded on March 25, 2012
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    by The Man in the Maze™
    • Taken on 2012/02/08 15:58:29
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 105.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash