Indian ringneck parakeet

Two small groups of foreign parakeets have been found near Paeroa and in Havelock North in the North Island. MPI needs you to report sightings so we can remove them from the wild and prevent damage to local birdlife, bats and crops.


Background

yellow and green Indian ringneck parakeets on feeder
Indian ringneck parakeets can harm native species and crops.

About a dozen Indian ringneck parakeets (also known as rose-ringed parakeets) were established in the Hikutaia area in the Thames-Coromandel district in the North Island. MPI is working with the Department of Conservation and the Waikato Regional Council to manage the situation and it is believed most have now been successfully removed from the wild.

In addition, a separate small group were found in Havelock North in the Hawkes Bay. This population is also now under control and it’s believed there is possibly just one bird remaining.

These birds are natives of Africa and India and are commonly held as captive pets in New Zealand. The 2 small populations are believed to be the result of caged birds escaping.

If you see any of these birds in the wild – in either Hawkes Bay or Thames-Coromandel, call MPI on 0800 80 99 66.

Risk to New Zealand

Indian ringneck 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 ringneck parakeets

green male Indian ringneck parakeet with black line visible on its neck

These small parrots are about 40cm from their head to the tip of their tail. The birds seen in Hikutaia have been green or yellow, but they can also be grey or blue.

Most male birds have a black line around their neck. Females and young birds don't have this marking.

Report sightings of these birds to MPI – call 0800 80 99 66.

When making a report, tell us:

  • the number of birds seen
  • where you saw them
  • the time of sighting
  • what direction they were flying (if airborne)
  • what they were doing.

Send photos if you can. It will help speed up identification.

Do not release these birds into the wild

If you have Indian ringneck parakeets as pets:

  • take care that they don't escape
  • have their wings clipped regularly
  • don't release them into the wild.

These birds are classified as an Unwanted Organism, which means they can only be released with permission from MPI. Release without this permit is an offence under the Biosecurity Act 1993.

If you no longer want your pet bird, or can't care for it, contact your local bird club or pet store.

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