“These two beautiful parrots have been visiting my parents bird feeder for about a month. Is there any particular type of seeds or fruit the parrots like?”
Thanks for the great photo! The parrots will eat pretty much anything you put in a backyard feeder. They do enjoy peanuts and sunflower seeds, and certainly would like fruits, nuts or berries as well. If this was a domestic bird you’d want to be careful about the fat content of what I’ve listed here, but the wild ones have plenty of other food sources to choose from during the warmer months. In the winter, however, parrots are almost solely reliant on backyard feeders, so if you want to see them in your yard all year keep that chow coming!
Here’s a recent picture of the parrots on my feeders in Amityville!
I’ve received a few emails in recent weeks as the parrots have become highly visible while they’re working on their nests. Breeding season generally runs from April to September, so if you see a nest that may be in jeopardy keep in mind that while the adults can quickly rebuild in another location, if there are eggs, babies or fledglings in the nest they have no way to get to there. This is at the heart of the power company issue – that the nests could be disassembled but it’s best to wait until at least October.
There have been some success stories where private owners have built their own platforms in order to entice the parrots away from a potentially dangerous situation. Detailed instructions for building this type of platform are available here.
I received an email today from someone who was in the Conservatory Gardens in NYC yesterday and saw a flock of about 30 green parrots. They flew north and east into Central Park.
On July 25 Sheila reported:
“Just would like to give you all an update on these beautiful birds. A flock of these wild parrots landed in our backyard here in Flushing about 4 days ago. What a thrill! They are a joy to watch & listen to. Sounds like they’re gossiping up there in the trees all day long. Some of our neighbors don’t find them amusing because of their constant talking. We hope they will stay for a time!”
Russell reports: I saw six flying over my house in Bellmore. I have been hearing them since last fall but finally saw them yesterday.
“I’ve been hearing parrots for months around our house in Murray Hill, Queens, but never spotted them. I finally saw them flying the other morning, then today I spotted them in a tree in our courtyard. “
Wild parrots spotted in Murray Hill
Thanks for the pictures Lori!
Today Sarah reported:
“I was amazed to see a “flock” of parrots at Long Beach H.S., today! I never knew! I’ve attached a couple of pictures.”
Thanks Sarah – great pics!