The number of parakeets in the UK is soaring, while native species are in decline
BY ROBERT FIRTH
16:15, 27 AUG 2017
Parakeets are on the up and up in Britain, with the population here rising by 1,455% in two decades.
The tropical bird is booming while many native birds suffer.
There are 15 times more ring-necked parakeets in the UK than in 1995, says the annual Breeding Bird Survey.
The parrots have been a popular pet since the Victorian era, but have only bred in the wild since the late-1960s, learning to cope with our cold winters.
Many British birds are doing less well, with willow tits down 80% and marsh tits by 41%.