The Feeder Feeder: NYC Botanical Garden edition

As part of our On The Town day today, we three zoomed up the the NY Botanical Garden, which was delightful.

But I was surprised to see this fellow perched on a stone bridge.

I am thinking that this one may have been either an escapee or a surreptitious releasee.  He let me get fairly close.

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  1. wanda says:

    He (she) is a beautiful little bird. Not sure what kind of a bird this is. Quick check of bird book not helpful. Parrot? Parakeet? Someone’s escaped pet, maybe. He looks like he may be missing some longer tail feathers. A colorful little bird, to be sure.

  2. torontonian says:

    It’s a Peach-Faced Lovebird. Almost certainly an escaped (or abandoned) pet.

  3. Awww…I used to have one of those. I hope it finds its way home.

  4. ErnieNYC says:

    I’m not a birder, so I can’t positively ID your new friend. But we have several large colonies of wild parrots here in NYC. They were thought to have escaped from a shipment of birds destined for the pet shop trade. While most are in Brookyn (, there is also a group up in the Bronx (

  5. Liz F says:

    So cute. I hate to tell you what my four-year old, Joey, said. I showed the little people, knowing they would think he was adorable. In a sing-songy voice he said, “Oh how cute!” and then in all seriousness, “Can we kill it and eat it?” I gasped and exclaimed, “no!” I guess we butcher too many chickens around here. Or maybe it’s from letting my 10-year old name the pigs “Tender” and “Juicy.” LOL

  6. irishgirl says:

    What a sweet little birdie! I’m surprised it stayed still long enough for you to photograph it!

    ErnieNYC-I get the NY Daily News, and I believe I read a similar story about the ‘wild parrots of the Bronx’!

  7. Mashenka says:

    If you want to keep the Peach-Faced Lovebird, put out a cage with a wide opening and fill the food cup with good quality parrot seed (for small parrots). Keep a close watch–other birds will try to get in and steal things like safflower and sunflower seeds. You could try parrot pellets instead, but unless the bird is used to pellets, he may not eat them. It could be either a male or a female–their plumage is very alike.

    I once gave a pair of those as a wedding anniversary present. Bad move. Those birds, when kept in pairs, do not like human intervention in their private lives, and they bite most painfully. So be careful.

    I think, though, that by capturing and taking care of that bird in a cage, you would do the bird a service–they are tropical birds and will not do well in the winters.

  8. Mashenka says:

    Oops, I now see that it’s in the NY Botanical garden, not your beautiful bird-sanctuary at home! Stupid me!

    All the same, that bird should really not be out on its own like that. Maybe telephone the Botanical garden and tell them where you saw it? Knowing how painful the bite of a bird like that is, they might not want children to try to capture it….

    Sorry for the mis-post! I am a ditz this morning.

  9. Rob Cartusciello says:

    There are a number of large monk parakeet colonies in the NY/CT area. We had a large nest of them at Fairfield University.

  10. GirlCanChant says:

    Random bird: I’m ready for my closeup, Fr. Z!

    I think it’s definitely a peach-faced lovebird. I initially thought Monk Parakeet, but the coloring is a little off. When I wiki’d, the lovebirds, the pictures looked just like this one. I’m guessing it’s a male; they tend to be brighter. Hope the little guy finds a new home soon.

  11. Tina in Ashburn says:

    I hope the beautiful bird makes it someplace warm before winter.

    “HAHA!!! I’m free free free! uhm. Now what…”

    He looks kinda lonely. awwww.

  12. Elizabeth D says:

    It is clearly a peach faced lovebird. When I was living in San Antonio Texas I was at the stable where I kept my horse when a whole flock of cherry-headed conures flew overhead and landed for a little while in a tree… surreal… I hadn’t even known we had feral parrots there.

    At one time there existed the Carolina Parakeet, which was a conure (these are related to macaws but much smaller) that indeed was native to the Carolinas. They appear in John James Audubon’s famous “Birds of America” but were (like the passenger pigeon) very sadly hunted to extinction in the 19th century. We also formerly had some thick-billed parrots, a species of Amazon parrot, living in the Southwest, however they went extinct in that part of their range attempts to reintroduce them to their former range there have not been successful because the specialized living and feeding skills in that environment apparently were learned and passed on from one generation to the next and captive reared parrots thus far haven’t been able to manage and thrive there.

  13. MM says:

    When I lived in Brooklyn, I recall walking down the street and hearing a strange collection of squawking noises coming from above my head. I looked up into the tree and saw a whole flock of green birds – at least a hundred of them. Closer inspection showed that they were parrots. They are apparently able to withstand winter in New York and have a mostly self-sustaining population. Here’s an article about them in the Washington Post:
    I was walking near one of their favorite haunts (Greenwood Cemetery) at the time. I can see why as it and nearby Prospect Park are two of the biggest patches of greenery in all of Brooklyn.

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