An excellent, humorously written report on the Monk Parakeets of Texas appeared on November 18th in the Texas Monthly. The report, by John Nova Lomax, is the most comprehensive report I’ve yet read on these parrots’ efforts to colonize Greater Houston and Austin. (According to an e-mail correspondent of mine, the parrots apparently have also established a strong presence in Dallas.)
As Mr. Lomax notes, “it’s getting easier these days to say where in Texas they are not—the Panhandle, far West Texas (aside from El Paso)—instead of where they are.” The ubiquitous, vociferous birds appear to be popular with local residents: in fact, they’ve even earned five stars on Yelp. That’s an accolade that even the wild monks in Brooklyn have yet to earn!
The article also includes some on-point observations about the outsized personality of these birds, their penchant for controlled aggression, and their wily intelligence.
Great job, Mr. Lomax!
Read complete article: http://www.texasmonthly.com/the-daily-post/weve-got-the-monk-parakeet/