(Nikon D5600, 200-500mm lens; 1/500, f/5.6, ISO250; hand-held)
A pair of resident Rose-ringed Parakeets (Psittacula krameri). Parakeets are small to medium, colourful parrots with long pointed tails and are commonly kept as pets world over. However, caging a parakeet is a punishable offence in India under Schedule IV of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Rose-ringed Parakeets are medium sized and have a vibrant green plumage, long slender tail and bright red beak. Males have a rose and black neck ring. They are native to certain parts of Asia and central Africa but they have been introduced by humans to various parts of the world. As they are highly adaptable to urban environments, these introduced birds have formed thriving feral populations outside their native areas. It is not uncommon to find them in many cities of the cold Northern Europe.