Shri Jasnath Asan, Rajasthan, India
Photo © Shri Jasnath Asan, 2016
There is no mistaking it when a rose-ringed parakeet lands near you. Loud in both plumage and voice, their brilliant green color and loud squawking call demands attention and makes this character an active, and unmissable inhabitant of the ashram as well as most of India.
The adult male has a rose or black neck ring, from which the species gets its name. The females and immature birds of both sexes either show no or very pale neck rings. These are not the small budgies or parakeets that are sold in the USA as pets, but they are instead a rather robust and raucous bully of a parakeet, measuring a whopping 40 cm in length, including the tail feathers and with a wing span of about 48cm
This noisy species is one of the few parrot species that have successfully adapted to living in disturbed habitats and has been able to has withstand the onslaught of urbanization and deforestation. As a popular pet species, escaped birds have become established in a number of cities around the world, including Northern and Western Europe.
In the wild, rose-ringed parakeets usually feed on buds, fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries, and seeds. Large flocks often fly several miles to forage in farmlands and orchards, causing extensive damage, and making the species highly unpopular with farmers.I’ve included an amazeng picture ©Vivek rathod17 from Wikimedia to show you the threat they pose to farmers’s crops.
Panchla Siddha, India
Sharon K. Schafer
I paint, photograph, and speak about wild places in an act of reciprocity that is as vital to me as heartbeat or breath.
My interest in the magic and mystery of the natural world lies at the intersection of art and science.
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