Spring is here and the race is on to breed. Ringed-necked Parakeets are early breeders and they are normally well on their way before many of our native species begin thinking about where to build a nest. Parakeets are hole nesting birds and they do have the unpopular tendency to claim nest holes before our native birds have the chance to do so. This female, photographed last week, found this tree hole in Kensington Gardens to her liking. The female Parakeets lack the red collar of the males, which gives this species it’s common name. You may also have the heard the alternative common name of Rose-ringed Parakeet.