Parrot diversity in greater NYC area

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2006:

Monk parakeets are not the only feral parrots in the greater
New York area– just the most abundant.
Mitred conures have been reported at large in New York City
since 1984. A pair of mitred conures in 1988 nested in the eves of a
house in the Rosedale section of Queens, New York. They had four
surviving offspring, and the flock had increased to 30 by 1994,
Marc Morrone of Parrots of the World told Long Island Newsday then.
“People think they are going to freeze to death, somebody
lost them, or that they have gold in their trees,” Morrone said,
advising that the birds should be left alone.
Though still few, the mitred conures now seem to be
permanent residents.
A cockatiel, either feral or an escapee, had the dubious
distinction of being the first New Jersey bird known to be infected
with the mosquito-born West Nile virus–which in North America has
most often hit crows. Caught alive in Middletown, New Jersey, in
July 2000, the cockatiel died later at a Staten Island veterinary

Phil Caidin, the “Bird Man of Central Park,” who died in
February 2002 at age 77, became a parrot rescuer after his own white
albino parakeet escaped out an open window in 1957. Caidin captured
more than 100 monk parakeets and seven parrots of other species
during more than 40 years of active rescuing. Caidin told ANIMAL
PEOPLE that he could only capture birds who had not yet connected
with the feral flocks. Once parakeets and parrots meet others of
their own kind at large, they usually are beyond capture unless ill
or injured.

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