Friday, September 22, 2006

Parrot Trooper

A couple of weeks ago the New York Times published a brief Q & A with Australian ornithologist Joseph Forshaw. In the introduction he alludes briefly to New York's monk parrots (Myiopsitta monachus) in a way that seems to be filled with admiration of their ability to survive. That was enough to inspire the Flatbush Gardener to dash off a letter to the editor about monk parrots as invasive species. Even better, the Times actually published the letter (go Xris!).

Be sure to check out the three-part video interview that accompanies the article. It's a bit fluffy ("What does parrot breast taste like?" !!!!), but in part two you can see Dr. Forshaw and the interviewer at a church in Brooklyn observing a flock of monk parrots that have taken up residence in a cemetery. The video also includes a very brief interview with Stephen Baldwin of the Brooklyn Parrots blog.

2 comments:

Xris said...

Jenn, I'm honored! Thanks for picking this up.

Roger B. said...

That's interesting... London has been invaded by Ring-necked Parakeets (Psittacula krameri).

See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3869815.stm