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London's parakeets

Postby Pajarita » Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:19 am

Very nice article that tells you pretty much everything about the feral IRNs in London but what I liked best was the picture of the guy in a suit, and obviously on his way to work, with three IRNs on him eating from the apple he had gotten them. I was also greatly surprised to find out they had counted 8,600 breeding pairs - WOW!

https://londonist.com/london/great-outd ... ed-to-know
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Re: London's parakeets

Postby liz » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:23 am

This shows how wild birds will tame themselves and trust humans.

I helped Phoenix with hand feeding Louise and held her when she was not yet able to fly. Once she could fly she went wild and does not trust me.
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Re: London's parakeets

Postby Pajarita » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:59 am

Oh, I am sure she does, Liz! It's only that she is now a teenager and you know how they are...
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Re: London's parakeets

Postby Rick » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:23 am

They can be found in other cities in the UK as well in large numbers, I do wonder what they are eating sometimes. There is something very strange about seeing a parakeet on a birdfeeder covered in snow.
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Re: London's parakeets

Postby Pajarita » Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:27 pm

Well, it doesn't really snow that often or that much in London... they have pretty mild temperatures over there and that's the reason why the IRNs do so well.
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Re: London's parakeets

Postby Rick » Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:18 pm

Yes but like I said they aren't just in London, Liverpool for example is much farther north and the have a lot of parakeets and a lot of snow. It's still pretty amazing to me.
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Re: London's parakeets

Postby liz » Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:30 am

Birds that migrate are usually bug eaters. Seed eaters are fine in cold weather if they are well fed. I have seen some of them wintering in bird houses.
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Re: London's parakeets

Postby Pajarita » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:54 am

You are correct, Liz, but IRNs are fruit eaters so it is amazing that they thrive without a whole lot of fruit to eat - not that they don't find any because they do! Remember the story about them destroying the grape crop in wineries?
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