Five rose-ringed parakeets perched on a tree branch

Ring-necked parakeet

Ring-necked parakeets are the only species of parrot that live wild in the UK. These birds are descended from pets and aviary birds which have escaped or were deliberately released, and now breed in south-east England, although they have been spotted as far afield as Wales and Scotland.

Scientific name: Psittacula krameri

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Ring-necked parakeet taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Ring-necked parakeet can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, China, Indian subcontinent, Mediterranean, United Kingdom. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Ring-necked parakeet distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Parrots
  6. True parrots
  7. Psittacula
  8. Ring-necked parakeet

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