|A parakeet nest place d'Arezzo in Brussels|
When Greeks went to war with the east around the 11th century, they were far from imagining the impact the parakeets they brought back would have on the indigenous bird population of Brussels.
It all started in 1974 when a animal park in the north of the Belgian capital released 40 parakeets to enhance their visitor's experience. These birds gave birth to more than 10,000 parakeets that now live in Brussels parks such as the place d'Arezzo pictured. Their number is growing at an alarming rate going from 6900 specimens in 2005 to more than 11,000 in 2011. You can have look at the number of parakeets sightings here.
|Probably the best place to spot|
parakeets in Brussels
|So many of them !|
|Feeding parakeets is definitely|
not a good idea
|Place d'Arezzo with its remarkable nests|
Sources: l'avenir, wikipedia