I spotted twenty-nine Monk Parrots yesterday, several blocks from their colony.
They were eating the buds of callery pear trees.
A lot of the buds were clipped off and fell.
The birds descended to the road to eat them.

4 Responses to “Parrots”

  1. 1 Monica M February 16, 2021 at 9:55 am

    I wonder Matthew, if the monks go into their nests to stay warm?

    • 2 mthew February 16, 2021 at 10:02 am

      As I understand it, they are the only parrot species that breeds colonially, so one assumes they huddle up on cold nights like some smaller songbirds are known to do. These birds are native to the Andes, which is presumably why they can deal with our temperate winters.

  2. 3 Ripley B March 4, 2021 at 9:32 am

    I hope it’s not a bother, but do you have any suggestions for how to find these birds? I’ve only just found out about the parrots and I really would love to see them! I live near Green-Wood but I haven’t seen any before. Beautiful photos :o)

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