Another bird from Gran Canaria: the Ring-necked parakeet, Psittacula krameri. Look familiar? If you live in the south east of England it may do. As with Gran Canaria, they are an introduced species. The ones in Britain were released or escaped in the 1970s and became established in Richmond Park. Since then they have colonised most of London and are spreading out beyond the M25. They are noisy creatures and were forever racing about in small groups amongst the palm trees.