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2009-02-11 07:51:46
There are large permanent colonies in coastal Connecticut as well. I've seen their nests on telephone poles, they are community dwellers and obviously don't have a problem with the cold.
2009-02-11 07:04:39
Can't imagine where you got that idea, Ms Connie..that must have been some other old guy...while it's true that where we live is not a large city, we have access to a pretty rich assortment of fresh seafood, several fine-dining establishments, and numerous regional and ethnic cuisines.. Cajun, Greek, Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Middle Eastern and, of course lots of Tex-Mex, barbecue, and places with regular ol' Gringo food...
2009-02-11 02:36:43
patito...I thought you said you lived in a small place where you didn't have much access to a variety of food! ;-)
2009-02-10 20:01:50
We used to see fairly large parrots here where I live ( a port city on the Gulf Coast )..our climate is semi-tropical, but still north of the normal range for parrots...the consensus in the local ornithological community was that they were being smuggled in by crewmen on ships arriving from Latin America..if their ship was about to be boarded for inspection they would release the birds rather than risk being caught with them...
2009-02-10 19:37:14
Hi Mock26 - I went back to the site BrooklynParrots.com; I also looked at other sites. There are many different opinions as to how they got to Brooklyn. There was no reference to Chicago. They are referred to as Wild Parrots of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Monk Parrots, Wild Quaker Parrots, Monk Parakeets. Parakeets belong to the parrot family. Birds have been known to fly off course and land in areas that is not their habitat. That happened many years ago where I live. Anyways, it's all a bit of mystery. They must be quite a sight to see in the snow. Anyways, it's all a bit of a mystery.
2009-02-10 19:05:41
I got my information from the web site where the photos were.
2009-02-10 17:07:30
They are known as Monk Parakeets and they did not take a wrong turn somewhere. They are in "introduced" species. They were imported as pets and some either escaped or were intentionally set free. Over the years their numbers have increased. They are several large colonies of them in Chicago.
2009-02-10 14:52:35
These parrots are from Argentina. They took the wrong road and landed in Brooklyn, New York. Apparently, they have adapted well...even the winters.