Wild Monk Parakeets in Corpus Christie, Texas


Texas is a long way from Brooklyn, but there’s news this week that the same kind of parrot (Myopisitta Monachus) we see in Kings County is making a strong showing in Corpus Christie, Texas. according to an article on the website of the Corpus Christie Caller Times. According to the article, the parrots have lived in Corpus Christie for the past 20 years.

Texas is no stranger to the Monk Parakeet. The state has had the bird on its official State Bird List since 1991, and the Audubon Society recently counted 445 in the state. Wild colonies have been reported in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and other localities.

The parrots’ penchant for nesting in electrical infrastructure has occasionally caused them to clash with utility company TXU, but the company, much to its credit, has sat down with bird groups and parrot fans to develop nest reduction/removal policies that are humane. TXU has even built tall steel alternative nest platforms to woo the parrots from building nests in live electrical infrastructure.

Texas is one of the best bird-watching states and it appears that the Monks have a strong future there.

Wild red-crowned parrots making strong showing in Brownsville, Texas

"Red Crowned Amazon" by Glandauer/Roger Moore - Roger Moore (transfer from en.wiki). Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -
“Red Crowned Amazon” by Glandauer/Roger Moore – Roger Moore (transfer from en.wiki). Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

A group of Red-Crowned Parrots (AKA Mexican Red-Headed Parrots) appear to be attempting to establish a presence in Brownsville, Texas, a town just north of the Mexican border, according to local news site ValleyCentral.com. Red-crowned parrots are a IUCN class-EN (threatened) species in their native land of Mexico. Only 1,000 to 2,000 are known to exist there now, due to habitat loss and capture by the pet trade.

The Brownsville parrots — currently just five (three nestlings plus parents) — are cavity-nesters (unlike Brooklyn’s local Monk Parakeets, who build free-standing nests). They appear to be making good use of Brownsville’s many old palm trees to build nests within.

The parrots’ presence appears to be generating some sympathy in South Texas, if the sentiments of article author Richard Moore are any indication. He writes: “whether they are considered native or not doesn’t really matter, as they enhance our homeland with their enamoring tropical flair.”

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