>> Because another one is coming down->> Above the graves of Lena Bernstein, Boss Tweed and Horace Greeley, a pandemonium of wild parrots have made their home.>> They're rulling the roost and they're adding an exotic quality to the barrel that I hadn't anticipated.>> The bright green monk parachids are bringing new life to Broklyn's Greenwood Cemetary.
>> They are a tremendous hit, really. And so people arrive at the cemetery and part of the idea of the gates were that you were out in the world when you are on that side of the gate and then you came through the gates and you were in a different world and you had an opportunity to commute with nature and in turn to have a religious experience.
And part of that commuting with nature now has become very much the monk parachids.>> A lack of popularity landed the South American species here half a century ago.>> In the late 1950s, Argentina had a problem with them. They were trying to really get rid of them.
And they did kill a bunch of them because they said they were eating the crops that they were planting. But then they change course and instead of killing them, they rounded up thousands and thousands of them and sent them to the developed world, really to be as pets because they are very popular cage birds.
>> The parrots were spotted throughout New York by the 1970s. How exactly they become uncaged is the stuff of legends.>> Something happened at Kennedy Airport. We don't really know. It might have been accidental, someone left the window open, someone dropped the crate. It might have been a case where the crate was intentionally opened.
>> Busted from a crate or set free by disenchanted owners. The colorful creatures have found a peaceful home.>> Most importantly, perhaps the management of the cemetary likes them.>> And that's not always the case for these parrots. They like to build large nests on warm transformers. Drawing the wrath of power companies.
But the staff at Greenwood welcome the roosting guests and the cemetary residents never complain about the noise.>> They have an almost ideal situation here.