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Rare birds take up residence in neighbourhood
Around 25 parrots took up residence in a neighbourhood tree over the weekend.
The Ring-necked Parakeets were seen eating fruit in a tree at Arlington Road, Woodford Green.
The Guardian photographer, who lives nearby, said: “They seem to have taken up residence in the tree two houses down from where I live. They are eating the fruit on the tree and are very noisy.”
There are myths on how the species came to be naturalised in England.
One that they broke out of airport quarantine, and another that they escaped from the set of 1951 film, The African Queen.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs believe the population dates only from 1969, when birds were released from captivity.