Like stills from a deranged nature documentary—more David Lynch than David Attenborough—Yoshinori Mizutani's Pop Art parakeets dart across colour-saturated skies. Looking up, Mizutani takes aim, shooting the squadrons of feral dandies that take flight at dawn and dusk above Tokyo's cityscape. With their rose-ringed necks and acid-green feathers, these bicoloured immigrants are the offspring of birds that were introduced in the 1960s and 70s and can now be found in their hundreds, roosting in trees and perched on the telegraph wires that slice through urban vistas.

There are no two ways about it, spotting birds in Japan's metropolis that were once native to the subtropics, in this case southern India and Sri Lanka, is bizarre—as it is in any of the other global locations where the descendants of pet and aviary birds gone AWOL have adapted and flourished. These geographical areas include Surrey in the UK, where there are populations

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