‘Electric’ parakeets brighten the trees

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Flash at night gave this wild Rose-ringed Parakeet some bright color and made it look almost neon.

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Their colors aren’t quite as striking in natural light, but they are still very bright.  This one had a nice blue tail that matched the sky.

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They make a nice couple.

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Wild parakeets of urban Honolulu

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The Rose-ringed Parakeet is becoming a common sight in urban Honolulu.

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Flocks can often be seen overhead, screeching as they pass.

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It’s widely believed that they are descendants of escaped caged birds, perhaps from a former tourist attraction.

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While they’re not inherently a big threat to local plants and animals, there is growing concern that they’re numbers are growing fast enough to make them a threat.

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In the meantime, they’re beautiful to look at and add a certain tropical cachet to Honolulu.

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