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Introduced in the 1970s via airports in the Ile-de-France region, the species is now very present in the region, particularly in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Although it has been classified as invasive, its impact on urban biodiversity is not yet known.
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, 3 p.m. In the middle of the crowd who came to enjoy a sunny Monday, Frédéric Mahher points his nose to the sky. “It’s not just humans who take a siesta at this hour,” launches, amused, this urban ornithologist from the League for the Protection of Birds. It is here, in this former gypsum quarry converted into an urban park, that currently nest, and as every year since 2016, several pairs of ring-necked parakeets, the largest homes being located in the Parc de Sceaux (Hauts-de-Seine ) and in the forest of Sevran (Seine-Saint-Denis). “Oh! She’s there !” he finally exclaimed, binoculars screwed on the eyes. It has been more than forty years since this bird native to Africa and India, easily recognizable by its flamboyant green plumage, its red beak and its shrill cry, settled in Ile-de-France, where there are currently between 10,000 and 20,000.
A proliferation which has earned it the status of an “invasive alien species” (IAS) in France, i.e. “a species introduced by man outside its natural range (deliberately or accidentally) and whose establishment and spread threaten the ecosystems, habitats or native species with ecological, economic or s…