A Monk Parakeet colony in Addison, Texas. These bird have broken rank with the other Monk Parakeets in The Dallas/Fort Worth Area, and have built their nest in a tree rather than an electricity substation as is the norm.

The nest in this tree gives a good idea of what these birds might build in the wild. Monk Parakeet nests are constructed of masses of twigs. Their nests contain multiple openings and can be quite large. The nests are a communal structure that many birds will share.

This site also has a second nest located across the parking lot from the first. This nest is located behind a pair of transformers high on a telephone pole. The parakeets were seen to shuttle back and forth frequently between the two nests while I was on site.

Monk Parakeets in Addison, Texas.
The nest is located in this unassuming tree.
Monk Parakeet nests are large and communal. Note the multiple opening in this one.
Monk Parakeet
Monk Parakeet
There are actually two nests at this location. The parakeets shuttle between them constantly. This one is about to make a run.
The second nest is located behind the transformers on this telephone pole.
A Monk Parakeet having a look out.
Notice how the Monk Parakeets have stripped much of the insulation off this wire.
Heading for nest number two.

NOTE: A follow up to this post can be found here: Monk Parakeet – Bad Taste

Observation Details

County Dallas
City Addison
Date Oct 20, 2012
Time of Day Midmorning
Temperature Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
Weather Clear
Habitat Commercial-Retail
Type of Behavior Congregating
Gender Mixed
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Monk Parakeet Observation Location