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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Please Pardon Our Mess

BrooklynParrots.com apologizes for the broken images on some of our older pages.

This situation came about due to a server migration that took place this past Spring. We're working to repair these older pages -- it's time-consuming work that must be done page by page and image by image. Like monk parakeets, however, we know that the future is created one twig -- in our case one HTML file -- at a time.

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 SIonline.com, 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.

Wild Quaker Parrots Spotted in Valley Stream, New York

What are wild parrots doing on Long Island?
A correspondent reports that wild Quaker Parrots are appearing in Valley Stream, New York, a town that is on the South Shore of Long Island.

She reports that the parrots appear "intermittently" and that this is only the second year that they've been seen in Valley Stream.

This is the first report that I've received about these parrots in Valley Stream, although they've been reported before in the Long Island towns of Lynbrook, Oceanside, and Amityville. It remains unclear what brought these parrots to Long Island, although Valley Stream is only about two miles from Kennedy Airport, the site of the parrots' "great escape" many years ago. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Wild Parrots Spotted in Larchmont, NY

A correspondent in Larchmont, New York reports that at least a dozen wild parrots were seen yesterday flying over the Larchmont Yacht Club in the direction of Cedar Island.

My correspondent did not confirm the species of these parrots but I presume that they are Quakers because a large population of Quakers has lived in nearby New Rochelle for a long time, and the parrots have been spotted before in the vicinity of Glen Island.

Wild Quaker Parrots (AKA Monk Parakeets) have established themselves along the western coast of Long Island Sound in the past twenty years, from the Bronx all the way up to New Haven, Connecticut.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Wild Parrots Spotted in Silicon Valley

An article posted today on the web site of the Contra Costa Times written by Joan Morris contains a report of a Campbell, CA resident who's been seeing wild parrots in her Silicon Valley neighborhood. The article reports the comments of Janet Alexander, of the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, who notes that the parrots have been happily living in Campbell for about a dozen years, seem to be healthy and well-fed.  There are many wild parrot colonies in California these days (see californiaparrots.us); but this is the first report I've seen of parrots residing in Silicon Valley.

Big Flock of Endangered Swift Parrots Gives Hope to Parrot Conservationists

A Swift Parrot (photo credit: Australian Geographic
Society)
More than half of the estimated 2,000 Swift Parrots (Lathamus discolour) left in the world converged recently on the Bordella Forests in New South Wales, reports the website of the Australian Geographic Society. This gathering is good news for those seeking to save the swift parrot, whose habitat has been disturbed by logging. Michael Saxon, of NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Biodiversity, notes "It makes us optimistic to see a thousand birds. It is a reasonable indication that there has been no dramatic decline in the population but that it is staying stable".

The large parrot flock apparently gathered to enjoy the abundance of spotted gum trees in the Bordella Forests. The trees offer nectar for the parrots. "There is a true mystery of how they know about this unusual circumstance of these quantities of nectar," reports Mr. Saxon.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

National Geographic: Africa's Most Endangered Parrot

The Cape Parrot (photo credit National Geographic)
New article in the August issue of National Geographic by Steve Boyes about the Cape Parrot, Africa's most endangered psitticine. Fewer than 1,000 remain alive today; their numbers been reduced by deforestation, the pet trade, and new diseases brought on by degraded habitat.

Boyes notes that "the parrots hang on due to their cognitive abilities and intelligence that allow them to literally “make a plan” to adjust to drastic alterations to the forest habitat that they depend on." The bad news is that it will take 350 years to restore the lost forest areas.

Please join Steve in supporting the Cape Parrot Project.at the following URL:
https://www.causes.com/causes/463389-let-s-help-save-the-cape-parrot-of-south-africa

Friday, August 24, 2012

Will NJ Reclassify "Potentially Dangerous" Parrots?

Quaker Parrots are considered a "potentially dangerous
species" in the State of New Jersey.
As reported in BirdChannel.com by Melissa L. Kauffman, New Jersey Assembly Bill 3044 has advanced to the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee. This bill -- if made law -- would remove Quaker Parrots from the state's list of "potentially dangerous species" and offer them some measure of protection. Bill 3044 is not the first pro-Quaker bill introduced in the NJ State Assembly. Others have preceded it but have expired without vote, making continual reintroductions necessary. Let us hope that NJ lawmakers can decide on the issue once and for all, and remove the "potentially dangerous" stigma from the wild Quaker Parrots residing there.


Wild Parrots Invade Austin, Texas

Wild Quaker Parrot calling to mates.
A recent report from the Adams House BB blog confirms widespread rumors that wild Quaker Parrots are busily colonizing Austin, Texas. 

Texas has long been home to a large population of wild parrots but this is the most detailed report I've seen so far about the Quakers' efforts to set up a large residency in Austin. 

According to the Blog author, Austin is now home to some 700 wild parrots residing in up to 65 nests. These nests are situated "mostly in cellphone towers, telephone poles and sports facility light poles." 

Let's hope that the local utility companies practice enlightened parrot control methods and that Austin residents -- who are a musical lot -- appreciate the Quakers' raucous noise-making.


Wild Parrots Unwelcome Guests in United Arab Emerites

An article in the UAE online newspaper The National covers the war that is going on between officials in Dubai and the wild parrots of the Rose Winged parakeet family (Psittacula krameri) that live in that city. 

If Dubai officials are to be believed, the wild parrots are trashing the city. According to Dr. Reza Khan, of the Dubai Zoo, the parrots "are one the worst birds in the country," they're causing massive infrastructure damage in the city, and they need to be wiped out. Others believe that he has overstated the threat the parrots pose to Dubai's economy. According to Abdullah TP, a local resident, “They are funny birds who don’t make too much noise but can talk and sing. They are good pets.”

Before we all pile on and condemn Dubai officials as being wretchedly backward, we should remember that it wasn't long ago that U.S. officials "declared war" against the monk parakeets. Dubai isn't the first city to have a wild parrot problem; let us hope that city officials realize there are other methods of control besides killing them. 


Thursday, August 23, 2012

New Site For California Wild Parrot Watchers

There's a great new site for California-based wild parrot fans: it's called CaliforniaParrots.us

The site is the brainchild of Mike Bowles and Loretta Erickson, two CA-based parrot fans. Its mission is to "spread the word and increase awareness of illegal (and sadly legal) activities that put wild parrots of Southern California at risk. This includes, but is not limited to habitat loss, the parrot trade, poaching, persecution and smuggling." 

The site contains some truly stunning photo galleries showing the many types of free-flying parrots in CA, timely articles about them, resources, and a way for site users to file wild parrot sitings. 

Please check out CaliforniaParrots.us -- it's a fun, informative site that should prove popular with wild parrot fancies in the Golden State.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wild Parrots Appear on Staten Island

Virginia N. Sherry, of SILive -- a website covering news in Staten Island, New York, posted a nice little article yesterday about a pair of "newlywed" monk parakeets who are attempting to build a home on Staten Island.

This is big news for New York-based wild Quaker parrot fans, because Staten Island is the only New York borough where the parrots have found it impossible to establish a colony. The parrots did attempt to do this in the 1970s but were eradicated by the authorities.

Let's hope that the people of Staten Island are more tolerant this time around.


No Wild Quaker Parrots in Minneapolis - Yet...

Nice article this past weekend in the Twin Cities Star Tribune about why there are no wild parrots in Minneapolis/St. Paul. The author was Jim Williams, who asks "why don't beautiful, noisy green birds brighten our neighborhoods?"

Sorry, Jim - the parrots don't seem to have made their way out to Minnesota just yet. But they're doing very well in Chicago, which isn't so very far away.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Lost Quaker Parrot: Kerrisdale, Vancouver

Dear Friends: I don't ordinarily do this but a nice person named Patricia, who has been on one of our safaris, asked me to help her find her lost Quaker Parrot. 


She writes: "About a week ago, my quaker parrot flew away at my house in Kerrisdale, Vancouver. 

He is a 10 year old quaker parrot with a silver ring with #168 on its left feet. He is about 12" long and is extermely approcable to humans.

Thank you very much
Sincerely
Patricia