Saturday, November 6, 2010

Birds of Istanbul

The last stop in our international birding month bonanza is in the Middle East, to Istanbul, Turkey.

These mysterious green birds were seen in the beautiful gardens of Topkapi Palace, the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years (1465-1856) of their 624-year reign. They were photographed in September, 2010. If anyone can help me (Larry, Birding Girl's co-worker) identify these birds, please write something in the comment fields below. Thanks!!

1 comment:

Hilke Breder said...

They look like Alexandrine Parakeets. They are a South Asian species but there are small populations in Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and Turkey (Istanbul) emanating from escaped cagebirds according to "Birds of Europe" Second Edition.