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|A Free-Range Monk Parakeet in New York City. |
Photo by Stephen C. Baldwin.
This is tremendous news, of course, to those of us who've been tracking wild parrots in New York City. The Monks have had a very tough time establishing a foothold in Manhattan over the years -- much tougher than in Brooklyn, Queens, or The Bronx. Back in the 1970s, they were forcibly removed from Central Park and last year, an attempt by the parrots to build a colony by Riverside Park was thwarted twice, the first time by vandals and the second time by overzealous State Park officials.
My contact avers that his neighbor claims that the visiting wild parrots have been "coming for years," which I find highly remarkable. He also claims that at one point this group of parrots was traveling with a Cockatoo, which must have been quite a sight.
I cannot explain the appearance of wild parrots in Harlem at this time. Nor do I have any information on where they might be nesting, or whether the flock my correspondent is tracking is possibly related to parrots which have also resided locally at 104th and Amsterdam or at Riverside Park. It's quite possible that this group of parrots has been cruising Harlem for years, unnoticed by the local citizenry amid the general hullabaloo of urban life. All my correspondent can tell me right now is that when the parrots finish eating, they fly away in a westerly direction.
I have asked my correspondent to keep a close eye on the parrots, and hope to report more news of the Harlem Parrots in the near future. In the meantime, all I can say to the citizens of Harlem is congratulations: YOU'VE GOT PARROT!