Indian ring-necked parakeet

Small groups of Indian ring-necked parakeets have been spotted in 2 separate areas of the North Island. One near the St Lukes/Mt Albert area in Auckland and another around Havelock North. The birds are a threat to our native birds, bats, and crops. Find out what we're doing and how you can help.

Risk to New Zealand from the parakeets

yellow and green Indian ringneck parakeets on feeder
Yellow and green parakeets.


Indian ring-necked parakeets threaten our native birds and bats by:

  • competing for food
  • taking nesting places
  • introducing diseases.

They're also well-known agricultural pests of cereal and fruit crops.

And they are known to nest in and cause damage to city buildings.

If you see these parakeets in the wild, phone MPI's pest and disease hotline – 0800 80 99 66.


Areas where the parakeets have been seen

Spotting Indian ring-necked parakeets


Yellow and green parakeets sitting on tree branches and in-flight with wings spread.


Identifying the parakeets

These small parrots are about 40cm from their head to the tip of their tail. The birds in St Luke’s (Auckland) have been seen in fruit trees in the area.  These birds can be a variety of colours, including green, yellow, grey, or blue.

Most male birds have a black line around their neck. Females and young birds do not have this marking.

How to report sightings

When making a report, tell us:

  • the number of birds
  • where you saw them
  • the time of your sighting
  • what direction they were flying (if airborne)
  • what they were doing
  • their colouring.

Take photos if you can. It will help with identification.

Who to contact

Report sightings of these birds in the wild to MPI – phone 0800 80 99 66.

Do you own parakeets?

If you have Indian ring-necked parakeets as pets:

  • take care that they don't escape
  • don't release them into the wild.
  • have their wings clipped regularly.

If you no longer want your pet bird, or can't care for it, contact your local bird club or pet store. Releasing them into the wild is an offence under the Biosecurity Act 1993.

Find out more

2016 media release – Hunt for pest birds goes high-tech

Find out about stopping pets becoming pests

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