Reader’s wildlife photograph

The reader in this case is Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus), who photographed this loud parrot near Le Corbusier’s government buildings in Chandigarh (more on that later).  I was told that it wasn’t a rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri) but something like an “azurine parrot”, yet I can’t find anything like the latter on the Internet. All I know is that this one was common, largish, made a lot of noise, and is infamous on the local campus for ripping out electrical wires in crannies to make its nest.

Reader’s IDs appreciated:

12 Comments

  1. yazikus
    Posted December 19, 2017 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Dear PCC(E),

    I saw this picture and immediately thought ‘rose ringed parakeet’! We had one as a pet when I lived over there, or one that looks very much like the photo. The gardener found it as a chick and rescued it. Sadly, it was very noisy and one day we arrived home to find it had ‘flown away’. Thanks, mom.

  2. Posted December 19, 2017 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    You don’t have to go to India to see them! They are invasive in many countries, including Denmark I think (Copenhagen?), & the UK especially London where they have increased hugely in the last few years, & may be a serious pest to trees especially orchards
    https://www.cabi.org/isc/datasheet/45158

    They roost in Regents Park. I even heard one near Darwin’s house at Doowne & there is a local beer there which is named after them.

    • Posted December 19, 2017 at 10:07 am | Permalink

      …I mean the Rose Ringed Parakeets not these ones…

  3. Posted December 19, 2017 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    You don’t have to go to India to see them! (Rose ringed parakeets)
    They are invasive in many countries, including Denmark I think (Copenhagen?), & the UK especially London where they have increased hugely in the last few years, & may be a serious pest to trees especially orchards
    https://www.cabi.org/isc/datasheet/45158

    They roost in Regents Park. I even heard one near Darwin’s house at Doowne & there is a local beer there which is named after them.

  4. ladyatheist
    Posted December 19, 2017 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Google tells me it’s an Indian Ring Neck. http://indianringneck.com/

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted December 19, 2017 at 10:21 am | Permalink

      I meant my comment below to respond directly to yours here, but used the wrong text box.

  5. Jenny Haniver
    Posted December 19, 2017 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    The website you link to states that the Indian Ringneck is also called the Rose- ringed parakeet, so it seems that there’s no disagreement about the bird, only about the common name.

  6. Posted December 19, 2017 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Looks like an Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria) not a Rose-ringed or Ringneck. See the colour of the back of the head.

  7. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted December 19, 2017 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Rather than ‘azurine parrot’, perhaps it is ‘Alexandrine parakeet’. Anyway, here is a poster. There are a few similar looking species. https://www.wwfindia.org/news_facts/?uNewsID=6900#

    • Posted December 19, 2017 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      Yes, two faculty members looked at the photo and said it was an “Alexandrine parakeet,” a different species. I couldn’t remember the name.

  8. Neil Faulkner
    Posted December 19, 2017 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    I’m going for Alexandrine too. I was once flummoxed by a pair that I encountered whilst out birding in my lunch break. The Rose-Ringed (or Ring-Necked, as we tend to call them in the UK) is common enough in my area, but these were clearly different – larger, louder, and with a peachy-coloured flash on the wing.

  9. rickflick
    Posted December 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    It’s a truly handsome bird – though I couldn’t guess the species.


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