Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 24, 2022
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Living gargoyles all year ’round

How there came to be wild parrots in Brooklyn is a story shrouded in mystery. Some say they escaped from a packing crate at the airport in the ’60s, others believe they were released by an out-of-business aviary. The surprising thing is, these tropical birds native to Argentina have survived decades with no trouble in New York’s icy winters. That’s thanks to their massive nests, which can weigh up to 181 kilograms each and contain several inner chambers. If you’re in the area, it’s worth a trip to the Greenwood Cemetery to see the colony of 60 birds that lives in the massive stone spires of the cemetery gate. The cemetery itself is worth the trip for its spectacular array of massive monuments and oddities, not to mention its large and unusual trees. Self-guided walks take you past glacial ponds studded with cormorants and egrets, as well as the graves of Leonard Bernstein, Henry Chadwick, the “Father of Baseball,” an Indian Princess, the Mad poet, and more.

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