Rose-ringed Parakeets (Psittacula krameri)   דְרָרָה מְצוּיָה

Jeff Finger
February 25, 2003

I have heard that in the 1960's many parakeets were kept as pets, and there were, of course, escapees. Now there is a flock of these wild parakeets in Jerusalem, and I see and hear them regularly. The males have black under their bills and a rose-colored ring around their collar, as can be seen here. The birds are about 41 cm (16 inches) long including their 25 cm tails. Recently (June, 2005) I heard that some people think that these are not escapees, but that they are birds that got here naturally from Africa.

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There is a place I call the Parakeet Tree on Rachel Imenu in the German Colony where they flock at night just before sundown, but I have not yet gotten good pictures due to some technical problem. As you can see, there were 11 parakeets in the tree when I took this photo:


This male's picture was taken on April 15, 2004, on the side of the Misrad HaBriut office on Ben Tabai:

Here is a female right outside my bedroom window eating cypress cones on July 11, 2005.

And here is the same individual, probably, on July 19, 2005. Note the second parakeet as well.