Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)
One of the few parrot species that have successfully adapted to living in disturbed habitats is the Rose-ringed Parakeet. It is widely distributed in the European cities, South Africa and Asia. In the local language of Bengal it is called as “Shobuj Tia”.
Where could you find them in Kolkata?
Spotting the Rose-ringed Parakeet in Kolkata is not a difficult task as they are a dominant species of bird in the following regions such as Central Park, Rabindra Sarobar, Lion Safari Park, Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary, Shyamkhola, etc. You could also find them in the balcony of your neighbour in a cage as some people keep them as pets.
When should you photograph the Rose-ringed Parakeet?
Morning time is when they usually feed their young ones, making it the ideal time to capture the varied images of the bird. Rose-ringed Parakeet is not a shy one; hence they will not fly away if you go near to them. Another way of locating the bird is through listening to its calls. Try to wear neutral tone clothes so as to blend in and not scare the bird away.
Photographing the Rose-ringed Parakeet, characteristics, breeding and the necessary details:
The beauty of a Rose-ringed Parakeet which is a medium sized bird lies in its elongated tail. The most visible colour of the bird is green. Both male and female species are almost identical, except the ring around the neck. The adult male has the ring in red or blackish-red in colour. In the female bird the ring is missing. The deep red coloured beak always draws everyone’s attention. The female incubates the eggs alone while the males sometimes help them in feeding.
Their diet consists of buds, fruits, vegatables, nuts, berries, seeds.They tend to build their nests at very high branches of trees, old houses.
The bird is popular as a pet because it is versatile in mimicking human voices although it is illegal to captivate the bird. They can be easily trained as well. For its high price, a lot of people catch them from the wild and sell them in the market.
Rose-ringed Parakeet call: squeaky keew-keeow, shrill kee-ak
To be precise I photographed the bird at 6:23 AM at Central Park. At that time the bird was feeding its young ones, making things little bit easier for me. Since the bird does not get disturbed by the presence of humans, it did not fly away when I went near to it. The magnificent color combination of green and red of the bird leaves me awe-struck.
- they are not shy and can be often approached with not much caution
- best time to photograph them is during the morning.
- It is a local and dominant bird here and can be spotted anytime in central park
- They can be spotted easily from their calls.
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