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Kauai Parakeet Explosion

Discussion in 'US - Hawaii Timesharing' started by artringwald, May 13, 2019.

  1. artringwald

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    If anyone has been near the Beach House restaurant in Poipu around dusk, you'll feel like your in an Alfred Hitchcock movie.

    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/hawaiian-island-fighting-invasive-parakeets

    On the Hawaiian island of Kauai, rose-ringed parakeets, which are often kept as pets, have bred in the wild, destroying farms and bothering residents. They may also be threatening native plants. PBS NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson reports on local efforts to battle the invasive birds.
     
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    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Can't be any worse than the wild chickens everywhere!



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    Could this be "birds of paradise"?
     
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    Although they are a pest, it is a sight to behold on any night. The Beach House is already a top place to dine in Poipu. Stand outside while waiting for your table and watch the thousands of green birds that fly in nightly. Just wave after wave. If you are seated outside, it's hard to have a conversation. The first few minutes are pretty breathtaking. Then you start to think "damn, that's a lot of birds. I feel safer inside."
    Fortunately these parakeets don't continually ask for crackers.

    On an unrelated note, Beach House has a new Squab special...
     
  6. T_R_Oglodyte

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    Almost the obverse of the bats in Houston heading out in the evening for the nightly feeding. Fascinating to watch. As dusk approaches, you begin to see and hear the bats stirring under the bridge. Then they emerge, a trickle at first and then a torrent. Meanwhile raptors have started congregating, to try to pick off an evening meal. Like schooling fish, there is safety in being part of the crowd. Bats that venture away from the group become raptor targets. As the video depicts, the flight of the bats changes direction frequently and erratically - likely also a predation defense.

     
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    Indian Ringnecks, one of several species of Psittacula parrots, are really very cool birds. I raised parrots as a hobby for a long time, and Ringnecks are a great species, for someone who may be interested. Smart, creative, relatively gentle (if raised right), and pretty interesting to look at. They are normally the lighter green shades seen in the article above, but they also come in a variety of color mutations, from bright yellow (lutino), to blue, to cinnamon, and even albino. The male has a reddish ring around the neck, giving rise to the common name. Females don't have the darker ring. So in the normal green body color, mature adults are easy to tell apart. The mutation color varieties are harder to tell apart, because some are not sexually dimorphic.

    The term "parakeet" is also a bit slippery. These are not your garden-variety budgie, like the one your Grandmother had, but they are cousins. A parakeet is a name for any number of parrot species with a long tail. There are other differences, but basically, that's how to tell them apart. A "regular" parrot (an Amazon or African Grey, for example), has a shorter, square tail.

    The feral Ringneck flock on Kauai is pretty remarkable. Not sure what the solution would be. Trapping the birds is one option, certainly, but wild-caught adult birds rarely make good pets - so then what to do with them? They are quite prolific (as parrot species go), and are not endangered, so where could those wild adults be released? They are wide-ranging, from India throughout the western Pacific, and now, apparently also in Hawaii. There are feral flocks in California and Florida, too, likely for the same reasons this flock exists in Hawaii.

    I'll make an attempt to see this flock next time I'm on Kauai. It will add to the other urban wild flocks I've seen or heard about, including Red Headed Amazon parrots in San Diego, and Quaker Parakeets in Chicago.

    Dave


    Ringneck pair.png Yellow Ringneck.png Blue Ringneck.png
     
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    We were at an evening event at the Allerton Gardens last year, and about dusk the parakeets started flying overhead toward the Beach House, and I could not believe how many there were! They just kept coming and coming and coming.
     
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    We want to do the evening at Allerton Gardens next year.
     
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    You eliminate them like other invasive species...:rolleyes:
     
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    I agree. I was making a rhetorical comment. The article that started this thread was talking about capturing for the pet trade, which is how the problem started in the first place. It's not a viable solution. :D

    Dave
     
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    According to Wikipedia's origin of the name budgie, "While many references mention "good" as part of the meaning, and a few specify "good bird", it is quite possible that reports by those local to the region are more accurate in specifying the direct translation as "good food"."
     
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    We stayed at Lawai Beach Resort 2 years ago (across from the Beach House) and it was fascinating to see the birds at the start of the vacation. Toward the end of the week........not so much. :(
     
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    I think they are doing the world a favor when they keep their beaks busy over on the Dow GMO corn fields ...
     
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    I had more than 40 birds at the peak. Parrots, mynahs, finches, toucans, diamond doves. . . . Earl May stores love to see me.

    The most personable was a small parrot named Vinnie. At one point I had to move, and relocate the birds. Vinnie went to another manager in the company I was with, and his family.

    Years later we visited them, and Vinnie knew me immediately, flew over to my shoulder, and starting tonguing my ear lobe, same as always. For anyone else, he took a bite of their ear lobes.

    I knew when my last mynah had died when I came in the house and didn't hear, "Hello. Let me outta here."

    I hope the chickens and parakeets like each other. The chickens have been on Kauai for a long time.
     
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