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Dear Parrots magazine,

Nuisance or delight?

Ring-necked parakeets certainly seem to be breeding successfully in Britain and can be heard with their unique calls around our urban parks and green spaces in increasing numbers. And now, the Monk parakeets seem to be following in the Ring-necks’ footsteps, with many colonies becoming established.

The question is, are these birds considered non-indigenous and alien to Britain, and should they be culled or removed? Well, there are some authorities that want to see them gone, despite their popularity with the public at large. I take my grandchildren out to watch and enjoy them and hope they continue to adorn our skies. What do others think, I would love to know?

Melonie Wells, by email




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