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Re: “Are there a lot of hawks in Uptown New Orleans these days?


Not so omniscient today. Uptown's common all year hawks are red-tailed and cooper's hawks. Red-tailed and sharp-shinned are more winter type birds. Same thing with kestrels and peregrines (see the Holy Name of Jesus spire across from Audubon Park). Peregrines, coopers hawks and sharp shinned hawks survive almost exclusively off of birds.

During the summer, Mississippi kites nest fairly commonly in Uptown.

As for "parrots", I have seen Cooper's hawks chase them. I am sure that Peregrines would not pass up a parrot meal.

Note the parrots you see in Uptown are Monk Parakeets. They are originally from Argentina where they are considered an agricultural pest. The State of Louisiana is watching them carefully to ensure that they don't spread into agricultural areas. So in some respects, the aforementioned bird eating hawks are doing Louisiana a favor.

In the pet world they are inproperly referred to as Quaker Parakeets.
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Posted by Antbird on 04/01/2009 at 3:37 PM

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