Re: for the next quiz

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Subject: Re: for the next quiz
From: "John Layton" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 12:18:32 +1100
Oh, boy!! So I'm a winner in the Monk Parakeet contest. But they don't say what I won. If I got first prize maybe it's a free trip to Brooklyn, so more Oh, boy!!  If I got second prize maybe it's unlimited fee trips to inspect progress on Jon Stanhope's GDE. If the latter, I'm gonna read the fine print on the entry form next time!
If you travel down Argentina way you can find Monk Parakeet nests (like, they're not easy to overlook) particularly in eucalyptus trees which they appear to prefer over the native trees. Maybe that's because it's too far to fly to the native woodlands these days. Anecdotal evidence has it that larger clutches are usually raised in the eucalypts than in the native trees.
The MPs (Monk Parakeets, that is, not the military fuzz) prefer to use really thorny branches with which to build their breeding barracks that become very large. So large, in fact, quite hefty birds, like jabirus, often nest atop the parakeets' communal effort.
During the off season, MPs use their nests as dormitories, and refurbish/extend when the fires of spring re-ignite their desire to hear the patter of tiny, begging bills again.
John K. Layton
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