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I don't know if this is true, but I've heard that in London there is a wild IRN population that was started by Jimi Hendrix releasing a pair from his apartment window.
IRNs come from mountainous areas, so the cold doesn't bother them at all. They tend to nest earlier than the native species and grab the suitable nest sites so their numbers are increasing. There's a flock living near me so I usually see some - and definitely hear them - every day.Rumour has it he contributed but did not start the wild population.
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It´s amazing they thrive there with how cold it gets... I wonder if they will have lowered life spans because of it...
Here the Monk parakeets stick to the palm trees down on the beach or the parks next to the beach. They avoid the town centre where the buildings are. When I came back from my latest hike I saw about 15-20 in a tree up there, they were eating something growing on the tree.They tend to avoid built up areas.