Ring necked parakeet Psittacula krameri, London


A look at the food ring-necked parakeets find to eat.

Eating habits

Ring-necked parakeets are usually vegetarian in their natural habitat in Asia, but in Britain they are omnivorous, taking any kind of scraps available in urban and suburban environment.

Ring-necked parakeets feed on a wide variety of fruit, berries, nuts, seeds, grain, household scraps, and even meat.

They are frequent visitors to bird tables and garden feeders, particularly during winter months when many other foods are hard to come by. It is even thought that they could not survive the British winters without the provision of food in gardens, and as such are likely to remain urban birds. 

They feed most actively in the early morning and late afternoon, with midday hours devoted to other activities, such as preening and loafing.

Ring necked parakeet Psittacula krameri, London