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Where do all the exotic ring-necked parakeets in Brussels come from?

Brussels Explained with Camilla Dreef

The Brussels-Capital Region has seen a rising number of exotic ring-necked parakeets in the city, currently estimated at around 12,000. But Brussels is not the only city in the Low Countries where the numbers of these bird species has increased over the last couple of years. Where do these parakeets come from and what is their natural habitat? How do they live and why do they prefer cities? Do they have enemies and are these parakeets a threat to indigenous birds? A presentation by Dutch ornithologist Camilla Dreef, followed by a conversation with Selma Franssen.

Brussels Explained


deBuren, Curieus and The Bulletin joined hands with journalist Selma Franssen to organize an English edition of ´Moeilijke Dingen Makkelijk Uitgelegd´ with a focus on Brussels. And in these times of social distancing we can fortunately also circulate knowledge online. Every Wednesday in September and every Tuesday in November we invite an expert to give a presentation on a complex topic, followed by questions from the audience moderated by Selma Franssen on Facebook Live. Each explainer will also be published as a podcast on the website in the week following each live session, for those who do not wish to use Facebook.


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Waar komen al die exotische halsbandparkieten in Brussel vandaan?


In het Brussels Gewest is er de laatste jaren sprake van een toename van het aantal uitheemse halsbandparkieten. Geschat wordt dat het nu gaat over een populatie van 12.000. Maar Brussel is niet de enige stad in de Lage Landen die te maken heeft met een groeiende populatie van deze exotische vogelsoort. Waar komen die halsbandparkieten vandaan en wat is hun oorspronkelijke habitat? Waarom vestigen ze zich juist in steden en hebben ze vijanden? Hoe leven ze en vormen ze een bedreiging voor andere (inheemse) vogelsoorten?

Free of charge via Facebook Live. For those people who don´t use social media: each explainer will also be published as a podcast by Yelena Schmitz on the website after each live session. A shorter version of each explainer will also be broadcast in the fall of 2020 on the radio hour of the Bulletin on Bruzz (weekly on Sunday at 12:00 – 13:00).

Camilla Dreef is an ecologist, ornithologist and ambassador of the Society for the protection of Birds in the Netherlands. Apart from her research, she is also a frequent guest on the Dutch public television and radio. She published her first (children´s) book Kwie-kwie-kwie-kwie-kwie in 2018, a book on personal stories about birdwatching, her academic research and bird protection. One of the personal stories included in the book, is about her childhood love for the ring-necked parrakeet.

Organisation: deBuren, Curieus, The Bulletin, Selma Franssen and Yelena Schmitz
Brussels Explained
Politiek & samenleving
Wetenschap & geschiedenis

Dit evenement vond plaats op dinsdag 17 november 2020

Via Facebook Live, ONLINE

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Follow the lecture via Facebook Live! dinsdag 17 november 2020 19:30 - 20:00