Parakeets like this can now be seen in many parks and gardens around Manchester. They originally came from the foothills of the Himalayan mountains in Pakistan and India, so the cold English weather doesn’t bother them. Our UK population started in London, and has now spread to many areas of the UK.
There are many rumours about how they came to be here, including some that escaped from the set of the film The African Queen in the 1950s, and even a rumour that Jimi Hendrix released some in the 1960s that settled down and started breeding! However it started, they’re here to stay, adding an unexpected shade of green to our landscape.
What journey did you or your ancestors take to get to where you live now?