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January 09

PUBLISHED: 12:44 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 15:07 28 November 2012

Rose-Ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) feeding on hawthorn berries, introduced species having escaped as a cage bird into the wild, Richmond Park, England

Rose-Ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) feeding on hawthorn berries, introduced species having escaped as a cage bird into the wild, Richmond Park, England

davidkjaer.com

January 09 News

Natural England have launched a three-month consultation (December to end of February) on proposed changes to the species listed on wildlife general licence. Among the birds they’re thinking of adding to the woodpigeons, crows and magpies already on the licence are monk and ring-necked parakeets. Parakeets are currently protected by law, although one licence has been granted to kill 30 birds to prevent serious damage to crops.

A risk assessment by the GB Non-native Species Secretariat said that ring-necked parakeets “can have a negative association with native secondary cavity nesters” and “monk parakeets are known to dominate feeding areas and act aggressively to competitors”. Nesting woodland birds such as tits, woodpeckers and nuthatches seem to be most at risk from competition for food and nest sites. Evidence from other countries indicates the birds also have potential to cause significant agricultural damage, and monk parakeets can cause energy supply problems by building nests on pylons and transformers.

For details of the consultation, go to www.naturalengland.org.uk/consultations

 

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