Saturday, 9 September 2017

Big Boy in my garden

This is Big Boy, an Indian Ring-neck Parrot (Psittacula krameri manillensis) that has taken up residence in my garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa). I was absolutely thrilled to see him and I thought of trying to capture him, but besides the fact of having to look after another pet, he looked absolutely capable of taking care of himself and very happy and content with his freedom.

I first thought that he possibly excaped from somebody’s aviary, but my research shows that Indian Ringnecks originate from the southern Indian Subcontinent and has feral and naturalized populations worldwide, including South Africa and can be seen in forests or arid environments. It’s not uncommon to see them thrive in urban areas as well.

Apparently they are often seen in rural areas feeding from bird feeders or relaxing in parks, but this was my first time. Further research shows that they are uncommon in South Africa with small populations established in Durban and at Sodwana Bay in Natal, as well as inland Natal, Mozambique, Gauteng (Randburg area) and even in the Free State.

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