The skies above certain parts of Echo Park and Silver Lake have been rather noisy lately. No, it’s not the drone of police and TV helicopters. It’s the squawking of parrots.
A large flock of feral parrots has been seen and heard flying recently above Echo Park near Echo Park and Scott avenues. Meanwhile, in Silver Lake, Daniel Merrill took some photos of a large flock that has begun hanging out where Silver Lake Boulevard crosses under Sunset Boulevard.
“My wife noticed them flying around yesterday afternoon,” Merrill said. “I didn’t see them then, but then they came back this morning.”
So, what kind of parrots are these?
The California Parrot Project, a website about “naturalized” parrots, provides information about 13 different species of birds that fly over the “urban jungles” of California. The one thing all these parrots have in common is that they are loud:
Their voices are used in playful jousts and territorial displays; they will announce their arrival and departure their desire to communicate is at the core of their very being. Though some calls are unique to a specific species, there are calls that have proven to bridge the species barrier. In short, a parrot is not a parrot without a voice.
Update: Jim Earle of Echo Park took a video of the parrots flying and squawking over Echo Park and Scott avenues.