Just one more Monk Parakeet post this week. This one—like the others—is the result of a tip from one of my readers. This time a pair of the green birds were seen in a tall tree near Manderville Lane in Dallas, Texas.

I stopped by to investigate at my first opportunity, but unfortunately I did not see any parakeets while I was there.

I did not leave empty-handed, though. The area here appears to be some kind of failed development effort. There is a nice road with lots of parking places and plenty of sidewalks. But there are no buildings—just vacant lots.

Across the way, just on the other side of the DART rail, is a well wooded golf course and country club. In between the two is the obligatory electrical substation.

Monk Parakeet - Pioneers

That is where I began my search for parakeets and that is where I found the first evidence of their activities. There in the midst of all the metal girders was a lone parakeet nest constructed from the signature uniform twigs.

There is another well established Monk Parakeet colony just across Central Expressway near the end of the Northhaven Trail. I documented that site several month ago: Monk Parakeet – Northaven Trail. It is possible that some of those birds have ventured away to pioneer a new homestead here at Manderville Lane.


Monk Parakeet - Pioneers

Monk Parakeet - Pioneers

Observations Details

County Dallas Dallas - Manderville Lane
City Dallas
Date Sep 22, 2013
Time of Day Midmorning
Temperature Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
Weather Clear
Habitat Commercial-Industrial/Warehouse
Type of Behavior Nesting
Gender Mixed
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Monk Parakeet Observation Location

4 Replies to “Monk Parakeet – Pioneers”

    1. Hey Jay,

      Thanks for the report. Great observation, and great pictures! These guys really seem to be expanding their range inside the city. I worry about them in this cold weather though!


  1. There are 3 established nests on West Danieldale Road on the border of Dallas, Duncanville, and Cedar Hill. When driving from Hwy 67 the nests are on the right hand side of the road

    The first and largest nest is located in a power pole on W Danieldale Rd near the intersection of S Santa Fe Trail Rd (Duncanville). (before the train tracks) I have not seen any activity there recently.

    Jan 13 10am at the intersection of S Clark Rd and W Danieldale Rd (Dallas) I saw two monk parakeets flying toward their nests in the power poles by the gas station I did not get a picture of them but I did photograph their nests. There is new material recently added to the smaller nests (especially in the one nearest the intersection.)

    On Jan 16, I returned to where I saw the 2 flying earlier in the week and had camera with me. I was able to photograph 4 monk parakeets I posted this observation at inat and added it to the dfw urban wildlife project http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/503197

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