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(London Evening Standard)   Parakeets take over south London. Think Hitchcock's The Birds, only greener   (standard.co.uk) divider line
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2022-01-21 6:26:12 PM  
Hide your millet seed and mirrors!
 
2022-01-21 7:08:32 PM  
 
2022-01-21 7:08:57 PM  
Sounds legit.
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2022-01-21 7:14:35 PM  
That's nothing. A few Quaker Parrots (evil, eeeeevil little demons!) escaped from a pet shop and within a couple decades they took over Brooklyn.

Wild Quaker Parrots "Rumble" in Brooklyn
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2022-01-21 7:16:31 PM  
I. for one. welcome our new budgie overlords. The entire compendium of human knowledge has been handed unto thee grandmaster Tulip
 
2022-01-21 7:17:06 PM  
It must be exhausting having to ask all of them who's a pretty bird.
 
2022-01-21 7:20:18 PM  
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2022-01-21 7:24:10 PM  
It talks a lot about how pretty they are and how we need to preserve spaces for them, but never mentions that the parakeets themselves are an invasive species and probably drove a lot of native birds out of the place when they came.

Even worse, the parakeets now claim that they're the REAL patriots.
 
2022-01-21 7:29:32 PM  
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Did you just say parakeet?
 
2022-01-21 7:32:33 PM  
Well there was Mable from the stable, and Mary from the dairy, We had a visit by our beauty queen. And that great big Betty Mavery, and she's got her own avery, She's got the biggest parakeets I've ever seen.
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2022-01-21 7:36:26 PM  
Haven't there been parakeets in Chicago where cold and megasnows occur for decades? I remember Harold Washington being their champion.
 
2022-01-21 7:44:27 PM  
Besides London and Amsterda, parakeets have made themselves at home in New York City and Telegraph Hill, Sanfranciso. The London colony dates to the first 19th century fad for the birds from Australia.

Wild parrots of other species have also invaded other places, such as NYC.

And the birds released by the Shakespear Society, among other species mentioned by Shakespeare, now number in the billions and include the House Sparrow in North America and many other creatures in Australia and New Zealand.

And don't be me started on moose
 
2022-01-21 7:44:47 PM  

AAAAGGGGHHHH: That's nothing. A few Quaker Parrots (evil, eeeeevil little demons!) escaped from a pet shop and within a couple decades they took over Brooklyn.

[YouTube video: Wild Quaker Parrots "Rumble" in Brooklyn]


Shoreline Connecticut too.
 
2022-01-21 7:47:37 PM  

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Did you just say parakeet?


The Biggest Parakeets In Town , Jud Strunk , 1975
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2022-01-21 7:58:01 PM  
We have a few flocks of parrots/parakeets here in Los Angeles. One tended to hang out near the dog park that I would go to - it was great watching them while playing with my dog.
 
2022-01-21 8:00:21 PM  
I guess they won't budgie.
 
2022-01-21 8:11:53 PM  

ZMugg: Well there was Mable from the stable, and Mary from the dairy, We had a visit by our beauty queen. And that great big Betty Mavery, and she's got her own avery, She's got the biggest parakeets I've ever seen.
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Here's the lad himself...
Benny Hill - Birds and the Bees Poem
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2022-01-21 8:25:40 PM  
My home city of St. Petersburg, FL has its own community of Quaker parakeets.  I love these squawking emerald invaders - they always cheer me up when I see them around.  As exotics go, they sure beat starlings or Brazilian pepper trees.
 
2022-01-21 8:30:40 PM  
"will also visit bird tables"

A seed buffet?
 
2022-01-21 8:41:13 PM  
London, 2030:

Birb on birb gang violence
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2022-01-21 8:48:47 PM  
I don't know about parakeets, but I have seen a Cockatoo in south London...
 
2022-01-21 9:03:28 PM  
I think that picture is shopped. It is pretty easy to see that they all look exactly alike. Just a bunch of copy-pasted birds.

/ And no, I am not being racist.
 
2022-01-21 9:11:18 PM  
It is all fun and games and "oh look honey, how cute!" until it isn't.

They flock up and destroy things. I know that lorakeets have received a lot of sympathy from this site, but they are the worst. Just the worst. And anyone with a garden knows the absolute worst habit of these birds. If you have a tree with, say, 30 kiwis and a flock of these things comes through, they will not just choose one fruit, eat that, and move on. No. They will each take one or two bites from each of the 30 kiwis and then move on to the next tree, letting bugs and smaller birds move in to ruin the entire crop.

All the citydwellers and suburbanites love the novelty and fun. And others have to  pick up the mess. And it is quite a mess.

/ Just being curmudgeonly. I guess if they stayed in the inner cities and fought with ravens and pigeons all day, i would not care at all.
// They will chew concrete, upholstery, any kind of wood product, and fly away with things.
/// And attack people. (rare)
 
2022-01-21 9:18:57 PM  

ZMugg: Well there was Mable from the stable, and Mary from the dairy, We had a visit by our beauty queen. And that great big Betty Mavery, and she's got her own avery, She's got the biggest parakeets I've ever seen.
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I love a good Bennie Hill reference.
 
2022-01-21 9:30:59 PM  
"We're going to have to have our budgie put down."

"Oh, is it very ill?"

"Naw, we just don't like it. I've been reading up on how to do it in this book: All About How To Put Your Budgie Down."

"And how DO you put a budgie down?"

"Well, it says you can either hit them with the book, or you can shoot them, here, just above the beak."

"My auntie just flushed hers down the loo..."

"Oh no, you MUSTN'T do that! No, the BREED in the sewers! Then you have hige flocks of soiled budgies flyin' up out of the sewers and endangering people's personal freedoms!'


- Had to do that from memory and it may be slightly off, couldn't find the Monty Python clip for it. And now its time for the penguin on top of my television set to explode.
 
2022-01-21 9:34:10 PM  
Soon, they'll be letting flats all over London ...

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2022-01-21 9:40:41 PM  
Best pet we ever had was Ziggy the blue parakeet.

He loved the blue bags the New York Times came in that he made their employees newsletter and they sent him 200 blue bags as a bonus.
 
2022-01-21 10:15:44 PM  
So how many keets is that?
 
2022-01-21 10:25:58 PM  

bughunter: So how many keets is that?


It's really easy to be misled by the prefix.  That just means they're an organized militaristic force that's unsanctioned by any legitimate political authority.
 
2022-01-21 10:33:55 PM  
Honduras, forty years ago.

Flocks of parrots.

Those fnckers are LOUD.
 
2022-01-22 4:14:03 AM  
Lots of feral parakeets where I live. They're cute (and I don't like birds very much), but an invasive species. Here's one pair that liked to hang around on my neighbor's laundry lines until said lines were taken down during renovations to the building:

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2022-01-22 8:32:48 AM  
These same birds famously have taken up residence in several parks around Amsterdam but I've even seen them around my neighborhood in Haarlem. A couple times every summer you'll hear them or see them flying around, bright green is a big contrast to most of the birds around here.
 
2022-01-22 11:32:06 AM  
Me and a Brit were having a smoke outside of a cable station in Chile when he looks up at the nearest tree (just a sapling planted with the recently built facility) and he says: Are those f*cking parakeets?
The whole tree was full of these birds that we had only associated with being pets.
 
2022-01-22 2:37:57 PM  

Nogale: Lots of feral parakeets where I live. They're cute (and I don't like birds very much), but an invasive species. Here's one pair that liked to hang around on my neighbor's laundry lines until said lines were taken down during renovations to the building:

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Those are Indian ringneck parrots.
 
2022-01-22 4:30:46 PM  

Evildog: These same birds famously have taken up residence in several parks around Amsterdam but I've even seen them around my neighborhood in Haarlem. A couple times every summer you'll hear them or see them flying around, bright green is a big contrast to most of the birds around here.


There are colonies in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the hague, Utrecht, and other cities as well.

And noone knows for certain where they initially came from, aside from a lot of urban legends.
 
2022-01-23 7:14:30 AM  

BonoboJeezus: Nogale: Lots of feral parakeets where I live. They're cute (and I don't like birds very much), but an invasive species. Here's one pair that liked to hang around on my neighbor's laundry lines until said lines were taken down during renovations to the building:

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Those are Indian ringneck parrots.


I stand corrected. Lots of feral Indian ringneck parrots where I live.
 
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