Rose-ringed Parakeet
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Scientific Name 
Psittacula krameri
Arabic Name 
البراكيت الأخضر
Kuwaiti name 
بيبي متوه
48.0 cm
42.0 cm
Least Concern


Common winter visitor and uncommon resident; breeds in Kuwait. This parrot has native populations in Iran, but birds in the northern Gulf originate from escaped pets. In Kuwait establishment has occurred in the early 1990s. Birds gather in Kuwait City and its suburbs in winter, with a maximum count of 250.
Where in Kuwait 
The population size has diminished in recent years, but typically it is found around urban areas in the Jahra Area and other areas where there are mature large trees; it has also been seen in Kuwait City.
In the world 
A gregarious tropical Afro-Asian parakeet which has an wide range and a large population. Populations are suspected to be increasing as ongoing habitat degradation is creating new areas of suitable habitat since this bird survives well in urban, peri-urban and agricultural areas. It is reported to be common to abundant throughout its natural range but there are many countries where it has been introduced and has established itself (including many European cities). This non-migrating species is one of few parrot species that have successfully adapted to living in 'disturbed habitats', and in that way withstood the onslaught of urbanisation and deforestation. They are popular as pets and cage-birds.
Local threats 
Trapping for the illegal bird trade in Kuwait and indeed in some parts of South Asia—from where the Rose-ringed Parakeets originated—populations of these birds are decreasing due to trapping for the pet trade