Smile! The world is a beautiful place (^_^)


The rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri) is a common bird here in Amsterdam. There’s a group of them in my backyard, and they wake me up every morning! It’s a noisy species with an unmistakable squawking call. Without exaggerating, there can be 30 of them (sometimes more, especially in the winter) in one tree. They’re nice to look at, but I do wish I had mute button (or at least a snooze button) for them πŸ˜‰

Here’s a cute little female, she didn’t scream but just sat there talking to herself (who doesn’t sometimes) which seem to be typical for them.


18 responses

  1. Such a beauty! πŸ™‚

    May 20, 2017 at 6:46 PM

  2. Sweet! πŸ™‚ I know a woman who has a cute male one that talks rather well! We have two parrot companions ourselves.

    May 20, 2017 at 8:03 PM

    • Thanks Tom! πŸ™‚ Both males and females have the ability to mimic human speech. First, the bird listens to its surroundings, and then it copies the voice of the human speaker. Some people hand-raise rose-ringed parakeet chicks for this purpose.

      May 20, 2017 at 8:16 PM

  3. What a beauty she is, Calee!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

    May 20, 2017 at 9:23 PM

  4. Love the description.. Indeed, we all talk to ourselves sometimes..
    Beautiful pictures! πŸ™‚

    May 21, 2017 at 12:53 AM

  5. In your backyard! Wow, that’s lucky even if a mixed blessing. Love the commentary!!

    May 23, 2017 at 12:08 AM

    • I was very excited about them when I first moved in, but there were only a couple of them back then. Since they’re not native to The Netherlands, they don’t have any natural enemies and the population has been exploding. It’s not unusual to see (hear) hundreds at a time!

      May 23, 2017 at 5:10 AM

  6. Parakeets are cute, but not when they are screeching early in the morning….

    May 23, 2017 at 4:43 AM

  7. Very nice picture! It looks 3D, really beautiful!

    May 23, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    • Thanks Edwin! We should go for another photowalk together some time πŸ™‚

      May 23, 2017 at 11:43 AM

  8. They’re so pretty – you did them justice. As I see in a comment, they’re not native and that figures. In San Francisco there’s a well-known population of parrots – Cherry-headed conures. A wonderful film was made about them – maybe you can get your hands on it.

    May 26, 2017 at 4:12 PM

    • Thanks Lynn! I will definitely look for it, I love those kind of film! πŸ™‚

      May 26, 2017 at 9:09 PM

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