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: Sandie E-mail: Sandieee71563@aol.com Question/Comment: 4/14/14 - There were 4 green quacker parrots on my front lawn this morning in west islip south of union
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: Mike E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 8/5/14 - Hi. i found the page about the Quaker Parrots on the South Shore. I saw two at Baldwin Middle School today. There are some woods and a park bordering the property. They were high up on the power line (no lights) making noise, then when I approached they flew towards the trees in the woods.
From: Michael Sequeira E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
From: Skip Della Porte E-mail: Regfixer@hotmail.com Question/Comment: 9/5/14 - PSE&G ripped down 3 large nest in Lindenhurst on Strong Ave, Montauk highway and off of Wellwood. They have moved to 2 large trees on either side of the Rivera canal in American Venice just off Montauk highway. I regularly have 10 or more on the wires across from my home on E Clearwater. They fly as a group and squawk as they do. Sounds like a rain forest. I love it.
From: Jim Finn E-mail: Sharky7@optonline.net Question/Comment: 9/21/14 - There is a very large wild parrot nest on the utility pole corner of ripple water and South Bay drive in nassau shore Massapequa NY. Every morning they leave the nest shortly after sunrise. Odd sounding
From: Lisa Worme E-mail: DayDreamr888@gmail.com Question/Comment: 9/25/14 - Spotted Wild Parrots in Massapequa NY on Broadway. Seven loud squawkers announced themselves and appeared to be considering taking up residence on an electrical pole outside a laundromat. One of them fussed for a while with a thin stick.
From: Janet Verdi E-mail: Anystring@aol.com Question/Comment: 10/4/14 - Have been hearing loud squawking the past couple of mornings. This morning to my surprise there was a small flock of small parrots outside on the telephone wire. Very cool to see them in West Islip!
From: Mara E-mail: marblemara@Hotmail.com Question/Comment: 10/12/14- Baldwin park large nests in all the baseball pole lighting platformsloud singing for the double header very happy bird families
From: Leo Ferrando E-mail: LFhuntfishny@optonline.net Question/Comment: 11/14/14 - In Seamans neck park located in Seaford LI., there are hundreds of them! Giant nests on the baseball field lite poles. They often visit my two crab apple trees in my back yard for a bite to eat.
From: Julie Roberts E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 12/12/14 - 3 monk parrots stopped at my feeder this morning December 12th. I’m in Cedarhurst. They then spent most of the morning in a tree maybe 20 ft up.
From: Jim E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 12/13/14 - Seen 4 on three occassions. Once in my tree in August. On my garage early October. Funniest was last week. Dec 3, 2014. The four parrots were flying in formation across My yard. These were all sightings in 2014. I live in south merrick near merrick road.
From: Ellen cuty E-mail: Ellencuty@msn.com Question/Comment: 12/20/14 - I saw approximately 2 dozen this morning on George at west islip on a front lawn. I drove by then backed up to get a closer look pics & video. Amazing sighting!
From: Karen Minissale E-mail: Joeandkaren3@verizon.net Question/Comment: 12/27/14 - On 12/25/14, I was walking with my kids along East Shore Drive in Massapequa, when my son spotted several green parrots in a tree. Upon closer look, we counted over 40 birds clustered in the tree! I thought that maybe someone owned all of these birds and just let them out for a while as the birds did not get spooked when we approached. They didn’t mind us standing there, talking and taking photographs. We later came across about 15 other birds in another tree, about 1/4 mile from the first tree. My parents have lived in this neighborhood for over 45 years and had never seen or heard about these parrots until my son learned about them on your website yesterday.
From: Norma Segarra E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 12/30/14 - I have a whole flock that come to my suet feeders in Valley Stream! I’ve been living here for 25 years in a different area and had NO idea we had them here until we bought a house in a different neighborhood a year and a half ago. Once I had my own house, I could set up bird feeders. I first saw two a year ago October and was shocked and delighted! My brother said “oh, there’s a flock of them off of Central Avenue by the Church”. Didn’t see them again until a couple of months ago when first several of them showed up and one day the whole flock was in the huge tree next door. Now I regularly get a half dozen or more on my suet feeders. I love it!
From: Lisa D’Elia E-mail: Leasedelia@gmail.com Question/Comment: 1/10/15 - They have been nesting for years around the block from my parents house just west of the west islip high school. Today I caught a few photos of 9 of them.
From: Caroline E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 3/3/15 - My daughter in law & I saw at least 25 in the tree outside my dining room window about 1 pm in the afternoon on 1–28–15. It looked like someone hand decorated the tree with green & yellow ornaments, placed very carefully throughout the tree. Fantastic!
From: Eva Lashinsky E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 4/5/15 - I just came across your website, and it had the answer I was looking for…this parrots are really all over the South Shore of Long Island.I had seen and heard them for a few years crossing the sky to and from Newbridge Park in Bellmore. Last year I had 6 of them making a big nest on a utility pole by the front of my house.I saw them build that nest from just a few twigs to a nice little home for themselves. I thought they would go away for the winter, but they stayed and dealt with the weather just fine. Not only survived but added 3 more members to the family and are currently working hard, doing renovation by adding a second entrance to the nest, one twig at a time. They are a noisy bunch from dusk to down but they are also cute to watch working so hard and interacting with each other. They make me smile and I hope they don’t go away any time soon.
From: Adrien E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 4/27/15 - Today for the first time ever I saw a flock of wild parotts.her in Baldwin Harbor today. They are chatty birdsbirds..and the are pretty green!
From: Lyn Strasser E-mail: Lynschweitzer@gmail.com Question/Comment: 5/30/15 - The parrots have been making a home at the Lindenhurst Fireman’s Park. They are building large nests on the lighting system overlooking the baseball fields and in adjoining trees. If anyone wants to see one they are not hard to spot. They are all over the park.
From: AMS E-mail: Sagegirl117@gmail.com Question/Comment: 6/6/15 - Five of these wonderful birds visited my neighbor’s birdfeeder on May 30, in Lindenhurst, N 6th St. We were able to get a good photo — take a look at Li Bird facebook.
From: Margaret R. E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 6/7/15 - Saw Lots of Colorful and noisy birds with large nests alongside lights for ball field at Baldwin Park N.Y.! Wow never saw so many wild Parrots or Parakeets before! 6/7/15
From: Robin Stein E-mail: R11155@aol.com Question/Comment: 6/19/15 - Today was the first time I’ve seen them back since last year! Trying to eat nyjer seed. I have other feeders with regular seed, but they were persistent trying to eat the tiny nyjer seeds. :)
From: Jennifer E-mail: Littlejen44@gmail.com Question/Comment: 7/5/15 - The parrots are my neighbors. Their nest is one block over and thee whole crew congregates in my trees once a day. They steal branches from all the trees at the local homes to continue building their castle. They just finished up here and are across the way now. They bring the Caribbean feeling right to the Harbor!
From: Lou McDanielg E-mail: Xcal41@comcast.net Question/Comment: 7/12/15 - There is a large group of parrots in the town of Phoenix Il.
From: Iris E-mail: Wiskyrod@aol.xom Question/Comment: 7/30/15 - I saw three parrots by the telephone pole yesterday morning. And it seemed that one was being fed. They were so beautiful green colors This is in Merrick We also see a blue heron that comes around in the late evening to feed on worms in school yard
From: Paul Hill E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 7/30/15 - Went out the door to see what all the commotion was and a flock of parrots took off from the yard heading north. Stunning. It was about 8:30 am, Babylon Village.
From: Lisa Backinoff E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 8/13/15 - I have seen flocks of these beautiful green parrots over the summer here in Wantagh. Most recently Wednesday Night on the telephone wires near the canal in Mandalay Bay Section, they are beautiful!
From: Karin E-mail: Ariagal57@gmail.com Question/Comment: 8/17/15 - have them in Massapequa! Two vet tech friends of mine told me i had them .., I saw them this morning ! How sweetūY~?
From: RICH E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 8/19/15 - Hi, in the fall of 2014 I saw 3 parrots fly over my head in Massapequa and thought like others I was seeing things. Summer of 2015 I see them now quite often either in a compliment of 3 or 6. Moments ago I had 6 fly over my head and finally had to google the phenomenon to understand more about what I was seeing. Quite amazing that these birds survive through the winter considering their tropical origins. Will keep looking!
From: David E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 8/25/15 - I can confirm several sighting of Quaker Parrots in South Bellmore over the past several weeks. Generally in groups of 3 - 6. It was a beautiful sight, with sounds unlike any other birds we have had in our backyard.
From: steve zolezzi E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 9/10/15 - There is a nest on montauk hwy up in transformers guess they like it there because of heat from transformers take 109 to little east neck road past stop n shop make left on montauk hwy look up at transformers you will see the sticks they use for nesting on north side of 27a
From: bobby okul E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 12/4/15- my son just moved to 1st and south main in freeport about 15 green parrots in high tree what noise they make
From: Mike Albergo E-mail: Cityhawk18@gmail.com Question/Comment: 12/18/15 - I spotted about a dozen parrots today in 2 apple trees near my home. They were gorging themselves on these tiny apples that were blossoming in the trees. I was able to get up close and take a few pics and they did not seem to be bothered by my presence. There was also a small woodpecker in the tree as well doing his thing but I was not able to get a pic of him.
From: Marie Adamo E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 12/28/15 - I saw 2 green parrots at my suet feeder on 12/16/15 in my backyard in North Merrick. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing so I googled it and found your website. Just beautiful!!! I will have to stock up on suet!
From: Iris E-mail: Wiskyrod@aol.com Question/Comment: 1/16/16 - In Merrick I see a large colony anywhere fro 4o to 50 parrots on trees by birch school. I follow them from tree to tree trying to get pictures. They tolerate me for a while before they take off.
From: Debra Schneider E-mail: Denden13@optonline.net Question/Comment: 3/8/16 - There had been many monk parrots living in the light posts on the baseball field in N Woodmere Park. There were many large nests built & it was a pleasure to hear the cackle & watch them fly around socializing. I had watched them for a few years. I seems they are no longer there, but there is an osprey that I have seen perched on top of one of the light posts where previously there were large nests. I was wondering if the presence of an osprey would scare them all out, or worse?
From: jo ann borra E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 3/11/16 - I live in Lindenhurst on the bay and have seen many of them over the 2 years that I’ve lived here. This noisy little group usually comes in a flock of at least 20, and hangs out in the tree for only a few minutes before they fly off and before I have a chance to get my camera.
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