The Friendly Green Parrots around the Tampa Bay Area

By Published On: June 21st, 2022

The Friendly Green Parrots around the Tampa Bay Area

Published on 06/21/22: Anyone familiar with these parrots that hang around the Tampa Bay Area? Or maybe the better question is, who isn’t familiar? 🦜 If you look up in the trees, or listen for them, they’re hard to miss! They may blend in with the trees a bit, but their green is very vivid. Plus, they’re fairly abundant and enjoy letting us know they’re in the vicinity with a screech.

While they’re commonly called Quaker Parrots, formally, they’re Monk parakeets. Those with more black coloring on their face are technically Nanday parakeets. They’re very intelligent and can actually be trained to talk. They create huge nests on power poles and such.

In these pics, you’ll see we have a pandemonium! Yes, a group of parrots is called, somewhat appropriately, a pandemonium, rather than a flock. They can be found around other parts of Florida as well!

They evidently originated in South America and made their way to the US in the 1960’s as pets. Well, some escaped and now they’ve made their home in Florida.

I’ve been trying (unsuccessfully) to capture decent pics of the parrots in the palm trees around our home. Then I came across these taken by Treasure Island resident Jonathan Fuss yesterday! I greatly appreciate Jonathan letting me use his pics.

Fan or Not a Fan?

Are you a fan or not a fan of the green parrots? I suspect we might have a house divided of followers. Our family votes “fan”, for the tropical feel they create. I recall long ago, riding in the backseat as my parents drove us to the coast for vacation. I knew vacation was near when I started seeing seagulls. It became one of those brain reflexes that inherently made me relaxed. Granted, now living in seagull land, I don’t always get that same feeling. Haha. However, I actually still do for the parrots.

If you ever take pictures that capture the Tampa Bay Area vibe or might make for a good post, I’d love for you to send them to me.

And of course, if you or anyone you know has any local real estate questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me! It’s a very interesting market and I’m here to assist followers…EVEN IF you don’t use me as a Realtor®. I feel like some of you are practically family now. Also, there’s a group of followers who I give back $100’s to a particular non-profit of theirs at closing. I should do this for everyone…and I will going forward. Simply mention your favorite non-profit when you reach out!

You’ll receive up to $10K at closing when you use my LovingStPete Team to buy or sell a property! I started LovingStPete on Facebook and Instagram to help clients and others learn about the Tampa Bay area. It’s now followed by over 25K people! My past includes developing a vacation rental advertising company, which I ran for a decade, and then sold to HomeAway/VRBO.

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Written by : St Petersburg Realtor, Mike Braswell

Mike Braswell is a Tampa Bay Realtor, serving St Petersburg, Clearwater, all nearby beaches and more. Mike started LovingStPete in October of 2020 after a difficult year took its toll on local businesses. After being cooped up for portions of 2020 (lockdown) Mike and his son decided to get out and explore, helping spread the good word about the local area he loves so much. Often even doing gift card giveaways to support local. LovingStPete is now followed by over 48 thousand people on social media! The majority of posts are informative on fun parks, activities, day trips, great restaurants, and in general provide a comprehensive tour of the area!

Soon after receiving his bachelors in Management Information Systems, Mike developed and then operated a vacation rental advertising business for 10+ years as CEO/Owner. The business was eventually acquired by VRBO. Mike has earned the trust of many large clients over the years. Such as NFL, Wynn Resorts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, VISA, Genuine Parts Company (NAPA Auto Parts), AT&T, and other Fortune 500 companies.

When not spending time with his beautiful wife and energetic son, Mike enjoys boating and is also an avid tennis player. An interesting fact about Mike is that he grew up on an avocado farm with over 15 varieties, some of which you can find in our local Publix/Winn Dixie as his dad still farms the same farm at 87 years old!

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