28 Jun '15, 2pm

lovely long-form piece: The Monk Parakeet: A Jailbird Who Made Good #birds #ornithology #pets htt…

lovely long-form piece: The Monk Parakeet: A Jailbird Who Made Good #birds #ornithology #pets htt…

The Monk Parakeet: A Jailbird Who Made Good There's a legend that holds that Monk Parakeets became established in the United States after escaping a broken shipping crate at New York's John F. Kennedy airport in the 1960s. They were on their way to pet shops, destined for a life in a cage. When the opportunity struck, they made a break for it. As with any good legend, the details are murky. Some sources place the accident in 1968 , others 1969 , still others in the early ‘70s . The supposed number of escapees ranges from a dozen to two thousand birds. In Connecticut the birds have their own origin tale, except in theirs the crate falls off a truck on I-95. There seems to be no first-hand account of any such accidents, and the airport isn’t returning my calls. Despite its factual fuzziness, I choose to believe the gist of this story. It’s just too vivid in my imagination to...

Full article: https://www.audubon.org/news/the-monk-parakeet-jailbird-w...

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