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Common name Rose-ringed parakeet
Scientific name Psitacula krameri
Type Urban birds
Status Resident

Medium-sized bird (approx 40 cm or 15.5 in). Plumage with yellow-green tones in general. Very long tail; short and hooked bill, red in the upper part and black in the lower. The males exhibit a pink collar in the neck area and darker in the throat.


Urban environments

Where it lives

Bird of African origin with tree habits. In the province it occupies parks, gardens, golf courses and farming areas nearby.

How it lives

Naturalized exotic species and resident all year round in the province. It nests in hollows of trees at great height and in hollows of buildings. Lonely during breeding and gregarious the rest of the year. Very aggressive and territorial in the defense of the nest. One laying of 3 to 4 eggs. It feeds on a wide variety of fruits and seeds, both wild and of ornamental plants.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

Species less frequent in the province than the Monk Parakeet. Present in many of the gardens and avenues of the capital and abandoned buildings such as the Convent of the Trinity. Also in golf courses of the Guadalhorce Valley and the Costa del Sol. In the Great Path it is present especially in the stages coinciding with coastal urban centers (1 to 5 and 30 to 33).

Curious facts

Due to its aggressiveness during the breeding season it is capable of displacing native species from its nests. Species that also use hollows to nest, such as hoopoes and woodpeckers, encounter problems when they co-exist with this parakeet and have reduced reproductive success. This is one of the great risks with exotic species and an example of how they harm native species.

Similar birds
Wintering Summer Resident Migration