Wild New Jersey Exclusive: A Taste of the Tropics in Carteret
Photos by David Wheeler.
Monk parrots - a species more commonly found in Brazil, Uruguay and Bolivia - have established themselves in colonies in New Jersey, not exactly a tropical jungle. Yet the urban landscapes of Edgewater, Ridgefield, and Carteret have proven to offer the parrots the right mix of habitat, food, and shelter.
Wild New Jersey's David Wheeler recently visited one of the monk parrot colonies at a nest in a hardscrabble section of Carteret. Their nest was attached to a transformer on a power line, located just above an abandoned lot near a row of warehouses and apartment housing. The bright green of the parrots stood out on the otherwise bleak, overgrown gravel lot - yet nothing stood out more than the parrots' raucous call.