15 May '11, 11am

What's Brought 32,000 Parakeets to London's Suburbs?

In 1995, it was estimated that 1,500 of the birds made their home in Britain. Today, the estimate is 32,000 in southeast Britain alone, mostly around the capital. It is generally agreed that the species was first brought to Europe as pets, reports the New York Times . But the reasons for the population explosion are a lot harder to pin down. Theories include a warmer climate that is closer to the birds' native regions, the removal of predators, and more obliging suburbanites putting out bird feed.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/whats-brought-320...

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Looks like a prequel to The Birds- 32,000 parak...

treehugger.com 15 May '11, 11am

In 1995, it was estimated that 1,500 of the birds made their home in Britain. Today, the estimate is 32,000 in southeast B...

Awesome. Feral parakeets.

Awesome. Feral parakeets.

mnn.com 21 May '11, 12am

There are no current plans to cull the London parakeet flock, but the U.K. won't allow another parakeet species to take ho...