This observation documents what for me is somewhat new behavior for Monk Parakeets. Monk Parakeets show a distinct preference for man-made structures when they chooses their nesting sites. By far and away the most coming location for a Monk Parakeet in a urban environment is an electrical substation. The lively green birds seem to be drawn to the sturdy girder and truss construction of these places.

In this case things were slightly different. Instead of selecting a substation for their home, these two Monk Parakeet constructed their nest at the top of a cell phone tower. The nest was very large. Much bigger than what I would expect would be needed for just two birds. There may be more parakeets at this site, but these two are the only ones we saw on this evening.

Two squawking parakeets caught our attention as they flew to the top of this cell phone tower.  One landed under the platform and the other put down on the gangway..
Two squawking parakeets caught our attention as they flew to the top of this cell phone tower. One landed under the platform and the other put down on the gangway..
A closer look at the parakeet perched underneath the nest.
A closer look at the parakeet perched underneath the nest.
This parakeet soon began making his way into the nest from underneath the platform.
This parakeet soon began making his way into the nest from underneath the platform.
You can see both parakeets in this picture.  One has squeezed in between the nest and the gangway, and the other is perched out in the open.
You can see both parakeets in this picture. One has squeezed in between the nest and the gangway, and the other is perched out in the open.
The nest was very large—maybe a yard(meter) wide by two long.
The nest was very large—maybe a yard\meter wide by two long.

Observations Details

County Denton
City Garland
Date Jul 3, 2013
Time of Day Evening
Temperature Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
Weather Clear
Habitat Commercial-Retail
Type of Behavior Nesting
Gender Mixed
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Monk Parakeet Observation Location