Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Update on the Wild Quaker Parrots of Staten Island

Last week we took note of the unusual news that wild Quaker Parrots were attempting to establish a foothold on Staten Island - the only New York borough they've been unable to colonize. Virginia N. Sherry, who reported the original story for, posted an update today with more information about the birds.

It appears that the two Quakers are escapees from captivity who, once free of their cages, let their nest-building instincts kick in and began immediately began construction.

It's not clear from the article whether the original owners of the birds hope to recapture these two, or are content to let them go about their business in the wild. Generally speaking, wild Quakers have a better chance of survival if they are part of a sizeable flock. Isolated pairs have less of a chance of surviving long-term. Let's hope that the original owners put out some food for them because New York winters can be harsh and these parrots may not be expert yet in finding food in the wild.

Kudos to Ms. Sherry for following up on this story. I'm sure this isn't the last we'll hear about the Staten Island Quakers.

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