Monk Parakeets Gather Branches for Nests

It’s always special seeing wild parrots in suburban Long Island. (See my earlier post: Wild on Long Island: Parrots.) Monk Parakeets (also known as Quaker Parrots) are native to Argentina and classified as “released exotics” here. They’ve adapted and been in New York City and surrounding areas for decades.

I’ve seen Monk Parakeets once before at Levy Preserve; they stopped briefly in the trees to eat before moving on. This time I had a good look as I watched them gather nesting material. The parakeets use their strong beaks to chop through a branch, grab it, then balance it before flying off to their nests nearby.

Monk Parakeet Cutting Branch

Monk Parakeet / Quaker Parrot

Monk Parakeet / Quaker Parrot

Monk Parakeet / Quaker Parrot

Photos taken May 11, 2015 at Levy Preserve, Merrick, Long Island, NY

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