Clearly not a UK species this parrot has been in my neighbourhood for about 3-months and I finally got a photo today. Does anyone know what it is?
No interactions present.
I have had a good look round the internet and nothing. What a fantastic looking bird. Although it has probably found seeds and fruit over the summer and autumn wonder how it will get through the winter, surprised it has survived this long with such colourful plumage, would have thought our UK species would have duffed it up by now. I am sure you have already tried but do you live close enough to tempt it with some fruit?
I don't think it is a Senegal parrot which have dull grey heads
Whoops it would seem that like budgerigars the cage birds are different from the wild ones - so it almost certainly is an escaped Senegal parrot
Thanks for the observations. My own internet research suggested in might be a Senegal Parrot but, like pirayaguara (at least at first) as all the online pictures had all such species with a greyer head I didn't have the confidence to make that suggestion here. If captive birds are different then this might well be a captive Senegal parrot and I should have put my money where my mouth is.
I've also e-mailed two well travelled birding friends who also think its a Senegal parrot so maybe that's the end of the matter (unless I can get hold of it for a really close look).
However, I'm not convinced I can get any closer (this picture was with a 400mm lens from about 10 yards away - the closest I've ever got to it) as it takes off as soon as you try to get near it. Discussed trying to capture it with others but no-one has been able to entice it any nearer.
The pear tree (in a neighbours garden though overhanging mine) has about 6 left so this source is about to fall off literally.
Very noisy bird. First heard this and wondered what all the noise was and very surprised to see a parrot. I have a Sparrowhawk as a regular visitor (takes all the lovely finches and collared doves I feed) so it might still end up as food for the locals.
Sorry. I should have explained my ID. I have known Senegal Parrots in capitve collections although I've never personally kept this species and its not one I have much experience of. The point made by Pirayaguara is correct. Captive birds are often more brightly coloured than their wild counterparts. This can either be due to selective breeding or diet, or of course a combination of the two! I'm 80% confident that the ID is correct - but would be happy to be corrected by anyone that knows differently!
Is this a possibility - Blue-headed Pionus, Pionus menstruus?
Just wondering what it will do when the pears have all gone - is it worth while hanging a couple of apples / pears / nuts on a string to see if it can be enticed into your garden over winter. Of course there is still the danger of the hawk to be considered, would be a shame for such a stunning bird to end up hawk grub.
Perhaps you should contact a local caged bird club to try and catch it it almost certainly won't survive in the wild - and if it did the it would compete with wild birds - ring necked parakeets are already becoming a problem in the south
It can be very difficult to catch an escaped bird! It might be worth contacting your local bird ringers and see if they would be willing to bring a mist net out and try calling the bird in with a tape recording of its call...
Only downside with iSpot I have realised (as a new user) is that you don't get e-mail messages letting you know when someone has commented (though I'll investigate my settings afterward just to check).
Anyway, I'm going to try some fruit on a pole / string (its ignoring all the sunflower seed / peanuts / niger seed / fat ball that are normally up (at least I haven't spotted it taking any of these yet).
I'll try local ringers / bird clubs etc. as well to see if any help comes in that way.
As a new user myself I find I am getting caught up in all the wee dramas I have been coming across and I wait with baited breath to see how it all turns out - was also following a story of a confused Blackbird nesting on the wrong eggs last week - better than the BBC this!
Am so hoping for a happy ending here.
How is the bird doing - still around?
Cold snap in December 2011 saw the last of the pears go and, at the same time, the parrot. Not sure if its been caught, killed or died but whichever it is its no longer around.
Good watching while it lasted.
Lat/Lng: 53.384596, -2.948339
OS grid ref: SJ370879