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Bizarre: Parrot Sighted in Forest Hill!?
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malcs


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15-03-2011 03:20 PM

OKay - maybe just my imagination - but has anyone else seen what appears to be a wild Parrot in the trees along Honor Oak Road recently? I've snapped a rather poor quality (i.e from a distance) photo of it in the trees from window at about 6am the other morning - and it really did look like a dark coloured parrot - it even held the tree branches as it was (presumably) eating berries in the same way a foraging parrot would. May be going mad of course - but wondered if it was just me!!

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michael


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15-03-2011 03:57 PM

Did it look like this:

In which case it is a parakeet, quite common in the area. More details at http://www.foresthillsociety.com/2008/04...-se23.html

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malcs


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15-03-2011 05:03 PM

that very much answers the question - Yes it looked exactly like that (from a distance as far as I can tell) but it was rather large. Thanks very much - I am now hugley enlightened and quite enthralled!

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AMFM


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15-03-2011 05:25 PM

If you go for a walk in any of the local parks (or along the Ravenbourne river) you may well be treated to the sight of a whole flock of them. Over Christmas, we spotted flocks of them in Brockley Park, Dulwich Park, Chrystal Palace Park and along the Ravenbourne Walk (the bit between the Savacentre and Catford.

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baggydave


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15-03-2011 05:27 PM

Can I correct you all please, they are not parrots as they don't say 'Who's a pretty bpy then' and 'pieces of eight, pieces of eight'.They to make a racket though.

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Jon Lloyd


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15-03-2011 05:44 PM

As Micheal said, they're parakeets.
I like the Jimi Hendrix story. Wish it was true:
http://www.forteantimes.com/strangedays/...ondon.html

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Jon Lloyd


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15-03-2011 05:48 PM

Ah - http://birds.about.com/od/breedsofbirds/...keets.htm:

Question: Are Parakeets Parrots?
Are Parakeets Parrots? What distinguishes them from other hookbills?
Answer: Yes, all Parakeets are true Parrots, and generally make up the small to medium sized members of the species.

The word "Parakeet" is a descriptive term that refers to the long tails of these types of birds.

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baggydave


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15-03-2011 06:05 PM

Here's another English parrot with showbiz connections
http://wn.com/Freddie_Davies

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Moschops


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19-03-2011 11:08 PM

Few months back there were 7 or 8 of these ParaTweets in a tree just outside my window. Used to come and go quite often but they would always fly off together come evening and seemed to go down to the same spot somewhere near Perry Vale (i'm top of a block of maisonettes). Wondered if someone was keeping them.

Interesting BBC article here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6478911.stm

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roz


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21-03-2011 09:04 PM

There were quite a few in Peckham Rye Park on Saturday morning!

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meduza


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17-04-2011 08:59 PM

They fly over every night around 6.30pm on their way to grove park area. During the day the are in peckham rye park in the trees

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Merlin


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26-04-2011 11:45 AM
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Zimmerman


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27-04-2011 02:24 PM

My cat among the pigeons sits on the Crows Pen.



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Andy


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27-04-2011 02:41 PM

Mutant pigeons perhaps? Some of them look almost chickeny (what a great word).

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Cellar Door


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27-04-2011 02:49 PM

Andy Wrote:
Mutant pigeons perhaps? Some of them look almost chickeny (what a great word).

Well spotted there, Andy. Definitely some of the mutant pigeons have mutated into chickeny beings.

Oh, I spot one that has mutated into a crow. Look inside the chook pen. What a clever pigeon.

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ukulele_lady


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07-05-2011 07:25 PM

Loads of them have been about in the Taymount area recently too Smile

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