Thursday, November 15, 2012

11/15/12 - Quaker Parrots

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With tongue in cheek, I often mention that I live “in the hood.”   While that is true, I am learning to adapt, and I also see lots of beauty among the perils.  Such was the case the other day.  Right across the street from the local Laundromat was a flock of approximately 20 wild Quaker Parrots. I couldn’t believe it!

I got as close as I could without scaring them.  I didn’t have my camera with me so I took pics with my cell phone.  I sure wish I could have taken a close-up so you could see them better (hence the borrowed intro pic).

They were so loud!  What a din!  In captivity, they can learn to talk and reportedly can develop a vocabulary that rivals any of the major parrot species.




They are also known as Monk Parakeets even though they are a member of the Parrot family.  As a biology major, it especially interested me that they are the only member of the genus Myiopsitta.  They are not indigenous here, but are becoming quite prolific in Texas. That probably presents some ecological issues.  I’m sure they can wreak havoc on certain crops, and their nests are huge compared to native birds which may also be a potential problem.  In fact, I've seen several built on transformers.  Oh my.

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But they sure are gorgeous, fascinating and fun to watch.  They made my day!

If you want to learn more about them, click (here).

7 comments:

  1. we have them here to and when they fly overhead they make a big racket. they are amazing little birds and you did good with your camera. i love the last one in the transformers. a find like this can make our day for sure.

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    1. @ Sandra - they are amazing. I sure was wishing MadSnapper could have been there to do them justice. :)

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  2. That's not a house, that's an apartment!

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    1. @ Tammy - right?!? Somehow I don't see Quaker Parrots downsizing and simplifying for tiny living. ROFL. :)

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  3. how very cool. I've only seen parrots in pet stores. That is one massive sized nest.

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    1. @ Ann - They are awesome, but I'm afraid their propensity for electrical wires or towers and large homes (or apartment complexes, grin) is not a good mix, especially in densely populated urban areas. :( I worry for them.

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