Parakeet Food - Fuelling the Parakeet!
Parakeet Food and The Parakeet Invasion
The ring necked parakeet has proved surprisingly suited to life in the UK. There are as many as 17,000 ring-necked parakeets living wild across the country. These colourful and vocal birds are certainly an amazing site but the thriving UK population does not meet with everyone’s approval.
Far From Home
The parakeets have proved to be surprisingly adept at adapting to life in this country. So adept that there are now fears that these birds may have a negative impact on native species and the ecosystems of Britain. The varied diet of the parakeets has already proved problematic as they have been known to decimate grape harvests, grapes being a favourite Parakeet food. However, aside from their potential threat to agriculture, little is really known about the true impact of these birds.
Ring-necked Parakeets hail from regions of Pakistan which have a similar climate to the UK and so it is easy to see how they have manged to thrive. The question is, how did they make their way into the wild so far from home?
London Zoo, Jimi Hendrix and the Movies
Many theories have evolved as to how parakeets established themselves in the UK. These vary from the mundane to the fanciful with some stories being as colourful as the birds themselves. Doubtless there have been many parakeets which have escaped from captivity. They will have been joined by unwanted pets which have been deliberately released over the years. It has also been suggested that several parakeets escaped from London Zoo when it was damaged during World War II. Some people claim that the first wild parakeets were escapees from Isleworth Studios during the filming of The African Queen.
Perhaps the quirkiest idea is that the legendary musician from Carnaby Street in the 1960’s and it was from these birds that the London population grew.
Here to Stay
However the birds first came to establish themselves, they are now the fastest growing species in this country and are appearing as far afield as Canada, Spain and Germany. There are 65 breeding populations across Europe and the biodiversity of these populations suggest that the birds have been introduced to the wild on many separate occasions.
There are now so many wild birds that repatriating or rehoming them is not an option. More research is required to discover whether or not they are genuinely a threat to the native species of their newly adopted countries. There is as yet no evidence that any native species in Europe are in decline as a result of the parakeet invasion.
Food for Thought
Whilst some experts are clearly concerned, many enthusiasts are delighted to see parakeets in the trees of Britain and enjoy attracting these feisty visitors to their feeders. Parakeets certainly add a new dimension to the garden bird population and remain much loved and enchanting pets.
You may be lucky enough to see parakeets in the wild or to welcome them to your garden. Perhaps parakeets are treasured pets in your home. At Little Peckers we have a fabulous range of parakeet food that will ensure that you provide a healthy diet for these attention grabbing birds.