Wild Parrots Make Themselves at Home On the South Shore
Wild Parrots are very adaptable and intelligent birds. Originally from South America, these birds made their way to the United States almost 40 years ago. Today, these parrots, also known as Quaker Parrots or Monk Parakeets, have been spotted in at least fifteen U.S. states and have a high concentration in New York (particularly on the South Shore from Brooklyn to Long Island), New Jersey and Connecticut.
How did they get here?
The theory that is most widely accepted is that a large shipment of birds destined for sale at New York area pet shops was accidentally released at Kennedy Airport around 1967 or 1968. Although the parrots were not officially spotted until the early 1970′s, it is believed the parrots survived in the parklands surrounding the airport, and over time made their way to Brooklyn and continued east onto Long Island where we find them today.
For more information on these unusual Long Island immigrants, visit Wild Parrots in New York.
Photos courtesy of Steve Baldwin, Brooklyn Parrots
From: Ken E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 4/15/12 - Flock of at least six building a nest on LIRR power pole, west of Babylon station, on south side of RR tracks, opposite Babylon HS baseball field.
From: Sling E-mail: Sling3gs@aol.com Question/Comment: 4/30/12 - Today I saw 3 of these wild green parrots in Babylon Village on a path behind the softball field, just north of Argyle Lake.
From: Grace O’Connor E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 5/10/12 - We have lovely parrots living in a large vine-covered tree in the West Islip Library parking lot. They’re great fun to observe - and they make themselves heard: they’re downright raucous!
P.S. We don’t shush them!
From: Barbara S E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 8/14/12 - I live around the corner from Shore Rd park. I see nd hear the parrots all the time. I even have pictures of them!
From: Luann Johnson E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 9/7/12 - Hi, Near the end of West Drive, Copiague, NY there is a pole with a giant nest and in the nest are a family of quaker parrots. I saw three birds, mom, dad and looked like a baby. They are protecting the baby and scream when you walk by. It looked like they might be leaving the nest, or the baby is now flying.
From: joseph scrimo E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 9/10/12 -I have been watching the parrots on Long Island since 1973. People shouldn’t report where the nests are located, as there are people who want to catch and/or kill them, as they did on the grumman building in bethpage in aprox. 1975.
From: Maria Graziano E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: Last night 9/22/2012 we were watching my son play baseball when we noticed a large group of birds. In 2 fiels baseball light polls are 2 large nests. it was so cool to watch them fly into the nest. someone said they were parrots we thought he was crazy but soon a couple of them were on the small metal sticking out from the pole and you could see they were bright green. The lindenhurst person said they escaped from kennedy so I had to look it up. Really a coo think to see.
From: Jimmy E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 10/4/12 - Im a truck driver and recently had a delivery on South Ketcham ave in Amityville down near the bay..I couldnt believe my eyes there are Quaker parrots all over this area.Big huge nets filled with Quakers…..Very cool….
From: Nick DeNezzo E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 10/12/12 - The nest by the LIRR in Babylon seems to be abandoned and no longer functional? I’ve found another nest in the village ( can’t say exactly where in this blog ( not safe) it’s a transformer nest!
I’ve always found it strange why there haven’t been parrots in Babylon before? they are in West Islip and a lot of them in Lindenhurst? The ballfield lights at Argyle seem like a perfect attraction for them? I’ve wondered if Babylon Village is anti-parrot and destroys any detected nests in the Village?? Anyone care to comment?
From: Pauline Weissman E-mail: RetiredPauline@gmail.com Question/Comment: 11/16/12 - There was a small flock (perhaps 12–18) in a tree outside the Lindenhurst Library. It was an amazing sight to see and hear….so noisy
From: ROBERT ROBINSON E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 11/18/12 - Twenty-five (25) parrots cited at Lindenhurst Library on Friday Nomember 16, 2012
From: Nancy Nevola E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment:12/30/12 - I put suet out for the birds, especially the two woodpeckers who seem to love it. Yesterday I saw four green parrots eating the suet. This morning there were six. It was the first time I had seen them and had no idea they even existed. I also took pictures so people wouldn’t think I was crazy!
From: Donna E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 1/1/13 - New Years Day 2013, 3 greet parrots visited our bird feeders together. We had never seen them here before in Massapequa. At first I thought that they would not survive but evidently they do!
From: steven daniels E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 1/7/13 - I now have seen wild parrots in south bellmore for the past 3 summers. Population is growing. I was very supprised the first time I had seen them. You can see them everytime you go into Newbridge park at least during the warmer months.
From: Joe Salzone E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 2/6/13 - This is the 2nd winter I placed a bird feeder on my side yard on Maple St in West Babylon. On Saturday 2/2/13, a flock of 6 green parrots visited for the first time. Something scared them away but they came back about an hour later. Pretty but slightly aggressive. Wouldn’t even let the Black Grows join them, They didn’t stay for more than a few minutes.
From: Fran E-mail: Fran_Zahn@yahoo.com Question/Comment: 4/11/13 - The parrots are in North Massapequa. There are six. They have created quite a large nest in a utility pole on North Broadway off of North Queens. These birds are quite loud. They squawk.
From: rosemary marano E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 7/25/13 - I lived in Seaford, but my home was destroyed from Sandy. I am renting in Merrick, one block south of Merrick Road. Heard a very unusual bird outside and knew I had never heard anything like it before. I looked up and saw two large bright green parrots flying by. I was upset to think someone had lost them.
From: Thomas L E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 8/14/13 - Just giving you an update on locations! We just moved into a house on Center Dyre Ave in West Islip and they have a nest in the utility pole directly across the street!
From: CAROL E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment:9/12/13 - There are 6–7 green monk parrots in Island Park around Austin blvd. & Kingston blvd.
From: Cheryl Araujo E-mail: Tippylarue53@aol.com Question/Comment:9/16/13 - I spotted these parrots almost 25 years ago in Laurelton,NY. The were perched in a tree outside of my children’s elementary school, PS 176. I couldn’t believe my eyes because it was a cold wintry morning, and their bright colors decorated the bare tree. I went home and grabbed my camera to take pictures if them. Later hat day I shared the story with my mailman and he told me they were known as the famous Laurelton Parrots. He told me of there escape from a crate at JFK airport. The parrots used to visit several schools in Laurelton and Cambrian Heights. It was so amazing how they adapted to our climate. I was thrilled to see the story on WLNY News and how they have migrated to the south shore of Long Island.
From: Arlene E-mail: GIZMODONNA@aol.com Question/Comment: 9/20/13 - My backyard faces shore road park in Lindenhurst. There are huge nests of these birds in the park lights. I love seeing and hearing them in the mornings - such beautiful birds!
From: PETER CHESTERTON E-mail: PCHESTERTON@NYCJA.ORG Question/Comment: 10/25/13 - This morning as I was getting my LIRR at Bellmore, I saw a large flock(25–30) of green parrots flying by the train station. I was initially attracted by the noise. They were very chatty
From: campy17 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 12/11/13 - Oh, my! Is this for real? I just watched 10 green parrots have lunch in my back yard! I live just north of Merrick Rd. in Massapequa and have seen a nice variety of birds throughout the years visiting our feeders, but I have never seen anything like this before! I had to find out if I was crazy or not, so I googled it and found your website. Happy to know I’m not alone in seeing the parrots…What an unusual sight to see so far north on a December afternoon. I took plenty of pictures so my family doesn’t think I’m losing it! I enjoyed reading about the theory as to how the birds came to live around here. It is amazing how they have adapted to our environment…I hope the parrots come back soon for another visit. They are truly beautiful!
From: Donna E-mail: Dcirile@icloud.com Question/Comment: 1/4/14 - I live on a canal in wantagh, ny on riverside drive. Today I saw a flock of quaker parrots fly over the canal. My husband spotted them last week for the first time. Easy to notice because they are noisy and fly erratic. No formation as geese do.
From: Joe E-mail: Josephmgennaro@hotmail.com Question/Comment: 1/19/14 - I also live on a canal in wantagh. Yesterday, I saw approx 25 green parrots standing in front of my house. I took several pics. Amazing!
From: bob belpanno E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 2/18/14 - I would like to see these wild parrots. I have tried for a while now and so far no luck. I live in Suffolk county and people tell me its a joke. Where in Dowling college since I used to attend there will I be able to see them?
Editor’s Note - 2/19/14 - Dowling College hosts this information, we do not have wild parrots living on campus. As you read the prior posts on this page, you will see the towns mentioned where the parrots have been spotted - mostly in Nassau County, some in Suffolk County.
From: christine scali E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 2/28/14 - we have a lot of parrots here too. mainly near newbridge park
From: Frances levy E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 5/25/14 - There are many green parrots in newbridge park in bellmore long island. They nest in the tall lights surrounding the baseball field. The lights on every day and keep the birds warm. they are very tall light posts, so not many animals can get to the birds and a neighbor told me there is also an osprey nest their. Frances levy
From: Ed Rizzi E-mail: Edwardrizzi@gmail.com Question/Comment: 7/17/14 - I seen one for the first time in my yard in N. Bellmore
From: Melanie Doerner E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 7/18/14 - Want to know what kind of feed these birds like. My neighbor, 94 years, passed on and I failed to ask what seed she fed her many parrots. I have pair now trying to establish a nest on the electric transformer pole. There is a huge nest a block south of me and I guess it is getting crowded so this pair wants to spin off. lol
From: Susan karp E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 7/25/14 - There is a very large established colony of parrots living south of montauk hwy in amityville. The main nesting site is built on a radio antenna that can seen at end of street by the bay from South bayview or Norman Ave. Other nests are built on transformers on adjacent streets
From: James Mott E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 8/1/14 - This is the first year here in South Massapequa that I have heard and see the parrots. They are very noisy and seem to be everywhere. They are tough to see in my maple trees. I hope this won’t be detrimental to other species of birds.
From: Michael Sequeira E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 8/18/14- There is a large nest on Ogden rd in west Islip with approximately 8 to 10 birds
From: Michelle E-mail: Hellerconsulting04@yahoo.com Question/Comment: 8/22/14 - We have about 25 parrots that have moved in to our backyard about toe weeks ago. We live in massapequa, south of Merrick toad in biltmore shores.
From: Alan Lapidus. 8–23–14 E-mail: Moegreene@verizon.net Question/Comment: Just saw about a dozen of those green parrots fly right over my vehicle on a street about a block south of Merrick Rd. in Bellmore just adjacent to a Hess station. Thought I was still experiencing the after effects of the brown acid I took at Woodstock, but the guy in the car behind me stopped to look also (and I don’t remember seeing him during Jimi’s set) so I guess I wasn’t seeing things after all. Gives a whole new meaning to the word “anomaly”. A real tropical treat up here in snow country. Couple holder monkeys short of a trip to Costa Rica, but I’ll take it
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