A Web Site About the Wild Parrots of Brooklyn

Quaker Parrot Facts, lore, audio files, video clips, photos, pictures, photo comics, and other information about Brooklyn's flocks of wild Quaker Parrots (AKA Monk Parakeets).

Monday, January 29, 2007

Video Clip: Quaker Parrots Evacuate Nest and Sound Alarm

I was testing out my new 5X teleconverter extension on Sunday. The afternoon was gloomy so this video is a bit dark. Still, I captured a short scene involving two wild Brooklyn Quakers who were carefully eyeing the motion of a nearby predator. They watch calmly, but then their expression changes as they sense a situational change in the tactical air environment. Seizing the moment, they fly off noisily, announcing to the rest of the flock that they are "coming in."

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

LI Parrot Sanctuary Gets a Break

Monk Parrots in the StudioBarry and Gayle Schwartz run the Maspeth Bird Haven, a wonderful project that's helped to place many abandoned parrots in the New York Area. Both Barry and Gayle are big fans of the wild quakers inhabiting NYC. I am glad to say that the Maspeth Bird Haven, after enduring the wrath of its neighbors, has a new home, as reported in the Queens Chronicle.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Brooklyn's Monk Parrots: Angels on Earth?

Brooklyn's Monk Parrots: Angels on Earth?Guideposts Publications, an organization founded by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Ruth Stafford Peale, publishes an inspiring article on the Brooklyn Parrots in the January issue of its magazine, "Angels on Earth." This article, written by Rosie Schaap, can be read online: there's also a Real Audio and Windows Media version.


Thursday, January 04, 2007

Ballad of the Brooklyn Parrots is Now "YouTubed"

Due to popular demand, I created a YouTube version of "The Ballad of the Brooklyn Parrots." Enjoy (just click on the image below and the video will play).

Update 8/20/2007: I created another ode to the parrots called "The Little Green Parrots of the Argentine." It's the second embedded video.

I will be uploading a lot more video content in 2007 - please stay tuned!

Ballad of the Brooklyn Parrots

The Little Green Parrots From the Argentine

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Wild Parrot Expert Marc Johnson to Present on Parrot Conservation at ASPCA this Thursday

National Bird Day - January 5thTo commemorate National Bird Day, Marc Johnson, a friend to parrots generally and a true friend of America's wild monk parrots (Marc designed the "monk bunkers" that kept many of them alive last year after United Illuminating and the USDA declared war on the parrots), will be giving an important talk in Manhattan this week. Titled The Survival of Parrots: From Conservation to Animal Control, this presentation is sponsored by the ASPCA and the Mayor's Alliance for NYC Animals.

When: Thursday, January 4, 2007, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: ASPCA Board Room, 424 East 92nd Street (between 1st and York Avenues), Manhattan

The event is free, but a small donation at the door to help defray the costs will be greatly appreciated. Space is limited. Please RSVP to to reserve your space.
See: for more info.

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