The first parakeets of spring have arrived! Last week we spotted dozens in Istanbul, swooping in pairs, their brilliant green and yellow tail feathers following like a silk train. It seems as though they’ve followed us home. They’re not very popular creatures, but they have a certain poignancy in London.
Ring-neck parakeets originate from the foothills of the Himalayas, no one is totally certain how they got here. Wether they were released from the set of the African Queen, by a drug-adelled Jimi Hendrix or just moved here because of a change in weather patterns, they’re part of the city now. As newcomers, they get a lot of flack, but spring walks would certainly be less colourful without them.