If you would ask someone about wildlife in New York City, they would be most likely to mention pigeons, rats or cockroaches. The reality is that NYC is actually quite diverse when it comes to wild animals – the city accommodates raccoons, turtles, frogs and various other species.
Now, in terms of birds, one particular type is particularly unusual for the climate and location of Big Apple. Well, if you are not a NY resident and see a colourful parrot flying through the freezing cold of Broolyn or Queens, the first thought that will probably come to your mind is – “poor thing has escaped from someone’s home…”. But in fact, it’s not the case at all!
The monk or otherwise know as Quaker parrot has a been part of New York City’s wildlife for more than 40 years now. These beautiful birds are indigenous to South America, where red hot summers are common and snowy winters have prepared them well for life in Big Apple.
The best place to observe these parrots is considered to be Brooklyn. They can be seen in Marine Park, Midwoodon, on telephone poles in Gravesend and also in Greenwood Cemetery which is believed to have one of the largest colonies in the city.