The Monk Parakeets, also known as Quaker Parrots (Myiopsitta monachus) in Green-Wood Cemetery were celebrating the return of (barely) above freezing temperatures yesterday with their usual racket. Once, long ago in Green-Wood, with my bins in hand identifying me as a weirdo, a couple came up and asked if I was there to look at the Quakers. It was my assumption they were all buried in the Quaker Cemetery in Prospect Park. Thus I learned the alternative name of the Monks. Meanwhile, “parrot” and “parakeet” are often used interchangeably for the Psittaciformes; the smaller of these colorful, (usually) tropical birds generally get called parakeets, since this basically means small parrot. Since we no longer have the Carolina Parakeet to marvel at, up here at the edges of its once mighty range, these guys will do in a pinch.
Update 1/30/13: Twenty-five or so of these Monks make one hell of a racket when a Cooper’s hawk coasts on by.