“Its no coincidence that both birds and angels have wings.”
I have seen many species of birds from my balcony since spring (before covid lockdown). The beautiful red silk cotton tree or semal tree is a blessing as its blooms attracts birds like magnets. So from Feb end to March end the parakeets frequently flocked on it. As the season changed making way for summer, I now see them flying across in groups; though once in a while they perch on trees and wires.
Parakeets not only look attractive they are also fun to watch ….. oh ok ok, minus their shrill screech that tears into the silence!! Have you ever seen them flying in a group? To me they seem like school kids proceeding ahead in a disciplined way until someone decides to break the line; this leads to frequent, little loitering till they reach their classroom.
While I watched them and clicked them I realized there were two different kinds that were flocking on the blooming Semal tree. The Rose Ringed or Indian Ringneck Parakeet and the Alexandrine Parakeet.
THE ROSE-RINGED OR INDIAN RINGNECK PARAKEET
In rose-ringed or Indian ring-necked parakeet, only the adult males have the red or black ring around the neck that gives them their name. With no ring around the neck its very difficult to distinguish immature males and females from each other. Both gender have an incredible ability to mimic human speech and regular sounds prevalent within a home. They can learn a lot of words (~ 250 words) and this makes them a popular pet option. The ring-neck is the most widely distributed of all the parrots, as it is found naturally across two continents: Africa and Asia. They prefer nesting in a hole in a tree.
THE ALEXANDRINE PARAKEET
The latter gets its name from Alexander the great, who was so fascinated by their mimicry talent, that he exported them from Punjab to the European & Mediterranean regions. They became a prized possession of nobles and royalty in no time. This medium-sized parrot is the largest of the Asiatic parakeets. A maroon or reddish-brown “shoulder” patch is the most distinct feature that sets them apart the Rose Ringed ones besides a much longer tail, bigger beak and a shade darker green. These parrots have an amazing temperament, not only are they affectionate they also love to be hand fed. They have a reputation of being very loyal to “one-person” and if living in a household they will royally ignore others.
Sadly these parakeets are still sold in the pet market for this very talent, even though their sale is banned. Here’s a short video I made on the parakeets:
The Plum Headed Parakeets (male & female) that I had come across in Ranthambore & Pangot.
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Monika Ohson | TravelerInMe
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