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BROOKLYN PARROTS ON THE FIRST WINTER SNOW

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Above: Monk Parakeets in the Snow

Brooklyn parrots are wild Monk Parakeets (or Quaker Parrots) native to the temperate to subtropical areas of Argentina and the surrounding countries.  The Monk Parakeet is globally very common as a pet.
There are many theories about why these parrots live in Brooklyn - from sinking ships, overturned trucks;  Hurricane Gloria in the mid-1980s.  The theory with the greatest credence among ornithologists is that a shipment of parrots destined for sale at New York area pet shops was accidentally released at Kennedy Airport in the late 1960’s . Anyway, there are lots of Quaker Parrots living in Brooklyn and for some strange reason they love it here. Maybe because the pizza crumbs are so good.  Or the art scene.  Actually, the reason these tropical parrots can survive cold winters in New York City is because they build giant commune nests in which about 10 - 15 parrots can fit in and warm each other during these winter months. 
There is a blog dedicated to Brooklyn Parrots: brooklynparrots.com illustrating parrot life. You can even take a free Wild Brooklyn Parrot Safari in Brooklyn College.
Steve, the founder of Brooklyn Parrots website and blog, believes that Brooklyn parrots are not an evil “invasive species” but a welcome replacement for the Carolina Parakeet, hunted to extinction almost a century ago.  ” The last wild specimen of Carolina Parakeet was killed in Okeechobee County in Florida in 1904, and the last captive bird died at the Cincinnati Zoo on February 21, 1918” -wiki. I agree with him Steve .
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* Above: extinct Carolina Parakeet

CATEGORIES:   BIRD FRIENDS, neigborhood + community, NATURE,

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Posted by DESIGN SQUISH on December 17, 2008


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 on  01/04  at  03:04 PM

Ой, в Израиле они таким же образом появились и невероятно размножились, такой сюр когда вместо голубей на балкон прилетают эти попугаи:)
ana
 on  01/04  at  05:08 PM

smile Prikol'no! Ya nikoga ne videla v Tel Avive popuae vmesto golubej no a veryu. V San Francisco po moemu tozhe takoe est'. Daz film sdelali pro etih popugaev. Hotya oni nemnojko drugie tam - krasnie s zelenim. Vot link: [url=http://www.wildparrotsfilm.com/]http://www.wildparrotsfilm.com/ [/url]
ana
 on  01/04  at  05:10 PM

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ana
 on  01/04  at  05:11 PM

Mne kajetsya eto tak klassno!
 on  01/04  at  06:05 PM

Ой, какая фотография)) да, когда за окном пролетает стая зеленых попугаев, чувствуешь себя как в сказке:)) только говорят что они постепенно вытесняют native birds, а это не очень хорошо, но как нибудь баланс наладится, я думаю
ana
 on  01/04  at  11:55 PM

Vitesnyayut city native birds? Golubei naverno !! Unless you guys have uncontrolled wild parrot situation in Israel deserts. Hm.
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