Parrot's Saginaw Nest a Long Way From Home

Colorful parrots make their home at police station

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    John Sprehe, NBCDFW

    A group of colorful birds have taken up residence in Saginaw.

    An NBC DFW employee saw these green quaker parrots outside of the city's police station and snapped some pictures. 

    Parrots Perch near Police Station

    [DFW] Parrots Perch near Police Station
    Quaker parrots have taken up residence in Saginaw. (Published Friday, Jan. 29, 2010)

    A local vet said the birds are native to South America, but are now commonly found in the U.S. because people buy them as pets and then release them into the wild.

    "Some states have actually banned having quaker parrots because they can damage the crops and become a problem with the farmers in the area," said Dr. Russell Johnston, Chisholm Ridge Pet Hospital. 

    In May, we showed you these quaker parrots nesting at an Oncor substation.  They had to be moved to a wildlife center to avoid any power outages.

    The birds cost between $50 and $200.  Johnson said people should not try and domesticate any birds they find in the wild.