Monk Parakeets in Edgewater, NJ

Monk Parakeets

Monk Parakeets

I wasn’t sure if it was true but its, Edgewater, NJ  is the home of a free-flying colony of Monk Parakeets.

Interesting Fact: These small, green parrots have lived in Edgewater since at least 1980. How the birds came to Edgewater is unknown, though a widely accepted story traces their origin to an escape from a damaged crate at John F. Kennedy Airport in the 1960s.

First Photo: F/5.6, 1/100, ISO 400

Second Photo: F/8.0, 1/250, ISO 250


  1. I always worry when tropical birds get loose. I figure they’re not cut out for the “wild life.” Glad to see your lovely photos show some of them thriving!

  2. Very cool, and so unusual, Lukas. This is my first visit to your site and as I’ve looked at your photos, it won’t be the last!! Great images. Edgewater, eh? I was raised in Ho-Ho-Kus! All the best!

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