Williamsburg’s most popular new resident sports a flashy yellow coat, hangs out near the flea market, and lives completely off seeds — and, no, he’s not a hipster.
A gregarious long-tailed Australian parakeet has started calling the esplanade along the Northside waterfront home, prompting excited finger-pointing and plenty of impromptu photo-snapping from Brooklyn Flea shoppers and ferry commuters.
The eye-catching little squawker, which was spotted perched on a waterfront ledge multiple times last week, could be wild, but is most likely a pet that flew the coop, experts say.
The bird is a budgerigar — or “budgie” — and is a popular pet because of its bright colors and ability to mimic humans’ voices. But they’re also savvy escape artists.
The birds are prone to sneaky getaways thanks to their hooked beaks, which afford them a set of Houdini-esque cage-opening skills, Brooklyn pet shop workers say.
The colorful pets also tend to go missing in the summer because owners often leave windows open or take them onto fire escapes, said Pedro Rivera of Paradise Bird Shop on Grand Street.
“People bring them outside to cool down but once they fly away they’re usually lost for good,” he said.
In the wild, the parakeets live in dry, moderate climates and can survive off of grass seeds as long as natural predators such as hawks and owls don’t snatch them up.
But this feathered Brooklynite might have more to worry about than bigger birds: he needs to find his way home before cold weather arrives, according to Baldwin.
“There is no way this bird can survive on its own in Brooklyn for very long,” he said.Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cn
©2012 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.