A new neighbor, visiting via chimney

center square parakeet

John emails with an unusual story:

Friday morning I found my dog Lucy staring intently into our fireplace. When I investigated what was arousing her interest I saw that this amazing bird [photo above] had gotten into the fireplace by coming down the chimney!
Luckily for me, the fireplace screen had prevented the bird from just flying into my living room. I was able to gently capture it with a large aquarium net and I brought it out to my front porch. After getting the net off, we sat together for about a minute - the bird chirped a few times and seemed very calm. I was starting to worry that the bird was injured and couldn't fly when all of a sudden it took off like a shot for the trees in Hudson-Jay Park. I went back inside, gave Lucy a dog treat and closed the chimney flue.
After a quick Google search, I believe this is probably a juvenile Monk Parrot. I also found that this may not be the first time they have visited Albany.
I'm looking forward to spotting my new neighbors around Center Square this summer.

Monk Parakeets -- AKA Quaker Parrots -- are originally from South America, but there are now feral populations in spots around the world thanks to escaped (or released) birds. Chicago has a long-established population in its Hyde Park neighborhood. And Brooklyn has a a population -- it even has a website tracking the group. (Brooklyn was into Quaker Parrots before you were -- they were obscure, you probably hadn't heard of them.)

In some places the birds are regarded as nuisances because they nest on utility poles and other power system equipment.

(Thanks, John!)

Update: In the comments Chrissy and Drew note the bird looks like a lovebird, a different type of parrot.

Earlier on AOA: New York's (now lost) native parrot


I believe that's a peach-faced lovebird. I had one as a pet for years. Likely that is someone's pet who has escaped which would explain why you had such a nice encounter. They can't survive under 50 degrees so it is probably a new escapee and I really hope somebody finds him soon. :-(

I should mention that if you good Peach faced lovebord you will see much brighter colored ones but a lot of domestically bred ones are "pied" so the colors are more muted. Mine was predominately greenish-gray with the same coloration of this one across the face.

That's a Love Bird (often a misleading name as they can be vicious little s&!#s. They're native to Africa, and this one is probably someone's recently-escaped pet as it probably wouldn't survive Albany's climate during non-Summer months. Good luck to the little guy.

Hear a great story about Chrissy's birdie here:


I had a peach faced love bird that escaped two years ago. However unlikely, I'm going to pretend that's my "Little Bird" continuing his adventure.

Hi there. Comments have been closed for this item. Still have something to say? Contact us.

The Scoop

For a decade All Over Albany was a place for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. It was kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who could help you find out what's up. AOA stopped publishing at the end of 2018.

Recently on All Over Albany

Thank you!

When we started AOA a decade ago we had no idea what was going to happen. And it turned out better than we could have... (more)

Let's stay in touch

This all feels like the last day of camp or something. And we're going to miss you all so much. But we'd like to stay... (more)

A few things I think about this place

Working on AOA over the past decade has been a life-changing experience for me and it's shaped the way I think about so many things.... (more)

Albany tightened its rules for shoveling snowy sidewalks last winter -- so how'd that work out?

If winter ever gets its act together and drops more snow on us, there will be sidewalks to shovel. And shortly after that, Albany will... (more)

Tea with Jack McEneny

Last week we were fortunate enough to spend a few minutes with Jack McEneny -- former state Assemblyman, unofficial Albany historian, and genuinely nice guy.... (more)

Recent Comments

My three year old son absolutely loving riding the train around Huck Finn's (Hoffman's) Playland this summer.

Thank you!

...has 27 comments, most recently from Ashley

Let's stay in touch

...has 4 comments, most recently from mg

A look inside 2 Judson Street

...has 3 comments, most recently from Diane (Agans) Boyle

Everything changes: Alicia Lea

...has 2 comments, most recently from Chaz Boyark

A few things I think about this place

...has 13 comments, most recently from Katherine