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Old 11-13-2011, 02:03 PM
 
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We recently moved to FL, to a downtown condo.

We keep seeing those big birds that ride the wind currents above the city...

What are they? Does anyone know?
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Old 11-13-2011, 02:18 PM
 
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No one cares about those. But, have you notice green parrots flying around. There are thousands of those in South Florida.

Quaker Parrot / Monk Parakeet | Delray Beach and Boca Raton Website Designer. Photographer, Birdwatching, Other Stuff
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Old 11-13-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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No one cares about those.
Well, I care, darling, or I wouldn't have asked.

Perhaps they are buzzards, feasting on your green parrots... of which I have seen nary a one.
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:25 PM
 
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I believe they are turkey vultures. Beautiful in the air but ugly as sin on the ground.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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I think those are the black helicopters.
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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They are Turkey Vultures and are one of our most fascinating and beloved birds here in south Florida. "Buzzard" is a nickname that some give them, but is technically incorrect.
So cool that you have taken interest in them!
Ignore Winter2010's rude and wrong comments!

Enjoy this great website!:
The Turkey Vulture Society
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:00 AM
 
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Turkey Vultures! Wow!

Thank you so much, that is fascinating. They are indeed beautiful in the air... they coast so effortlessly.

I appreciate the link, I love learning new stuff about new places.

Thank you.

We love Fort Lauderdale so far.
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Old 11-24-2011, 04:30 PM
 
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Are you still here? Is this thread still active?

I appreciate ALL living things. (Even you, Winter2010. )

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

And I hope I catch a glimpse of those green parrots you mentioned. Where would I go to see them?
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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I saw them! I saw the green birds! I was walking along the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk, and a bunch of them landed in a nearby tree. Wow... they certainly are green. As soon as they landed, they blended right in with the foliage, and I couldn't really see them very well.

But I certainly could hear them! Noisy! They sounded like a pack of screeching monkeys!

After a bit of research, I have learned they are Monk Parakeets. Not native to south Florida...

"These small green and white siblings to the parrot are native to Argentina and surrounding South American countries. This species of bird was brought to South Florida in the late 60s for the pet trade. However, many of the parakeets escaped bird sanctuaries during storms and/or were intentionally released by their owners. Now, South Florida is estimated to house over 100,000 of the birds."

They are a beautiful color. But not everyone loves them. Here is one site that refers to them as the "spawn of Satan", lol.

Monk Parakeets |

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Old 11-26-2011, 11:41 AM
 
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Yeah, they are often kept as pets and are one of the best "talkers" among smaller parrots. I had one perching on my finger few hours ago.

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