Indian ring-necked parakeet
A small group of parakeets have been spotted in the Havelock North area in the North Island. MPI needs you to report any sightings so we can remove them from the wild and prevent damage to local birdlife, bats and crops.
Parakeet populations – situation report
In 2015, a population of Indian ring-necked parakeets (also known as rose-ringed parakeets) established in the Hikutaia area in the Thames-Coromandel district of the North Island. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) worked with the Department of Conservation and the Waikato Regional Council to manage the population and these birds were successfully removed from the wild in 2016.
In 2016, public reporting confirmed the presence of an additional separate small population in Havelock North in the Hawkes Bay region. The population was managed at the time of detection.
In 2019, more recent sightings in the same area (Havelock North) suggest there may be a population of up to 12 birds. MPI is working with partners and local residents to locate the remaining individuals and remove them from the wild.
Indian ring-necked parakeets are natives of Africa and India and are commonly held as captive pets in New Zealand. The small population is believed to be the result of caged birds escaping or being released.
Risk to New Zealand
Indian ring-necked parakeets threaten our native birds and bats by:
- competing for food
- taking nesting places
- introducing diseases.
They're also well-known agricultural pests of some cereal and fruit crops.
What's being done?
MPI is working with partners to locate these birds and remove them from the wild. It's important to act fast before the parakeets breed and spread to other areas.
What you can do
Keep a look out for these birds and report any sightings to MPI's pest and diseases hotline on 0800 80 99 66.
Spotting Indian ring-necked parakeets
Most male birds have a black line around their neck. Females and young birds do not have this marking.These small parrots are about 40cm long from their head to the tip of their tail. The birds in Havelock North have been seen in fruit trees in the area. These birds can be a variety of colours including green, yellow, grey or blue.
Report sightings of these birds to MPI – phone 0800 80 99 66.
We need as many details as possible
When making a report, tell us:
- the number of birds
- where you saw them
- the time of your sighting
- what direction they were flying (if airborne)
- what they were doing
- their colouring.
Send photos if you can. It will help with identification.
If you have Indian ring-necked parakeets as pets:
- take care they don't escape
- have their wings clipped regularly
- don't release them into the wild.
If you no longer want your pet bird, or can't care for it, contact your local bird club or pet store. Releasing them into the wild is an offence under the Biosecurity Act 1993.
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