Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Phoenix's Peach-Faced Lovebirds

It was just about ten years ago when I first noticed a couple of peach-faced lovebirds sitting on the telephone line in my east-central Phoenix backyard. I thought at that time (these unknown parrots) must have escaped from a neighbors cage and wouldn't make it through the winter.

Also at that time, I didn't know what these type of "parrots" were until I researched them further on the Internet. Other people were beginning to see them in their yards too and shared their sightings.

But, as time went on, I kept noticing more of these lovebirds over the years. I've even seen a flock of them roosting in the trees along the canal located just north of Camelback Rd, between 32nd Street and 40th Street. It looks like they've adjusted well to living around here.

They're beautiful birds, very colorful and lovely to watch, but can be irritably noisy, especially in a big flock. You know, like some women. They don't sing the beautiful songs like my treasured friends, the Mockingbirds. But still nice to have around. You know, like some women. ;-)

Hopefully, they'll soon spread to my new neighborhood in west-central Phoenix.


  1. You went west? Probably about 10 years ago now, I was at Los Olivos Park at 28th Street and Glenrosa and noticed these colorful birds. Like you, I had to research what they were. I went back several times and saw them, especially close to sunset, when they would flock back to the big palm trees on the east side of the park. A woman who lived across the street came out and chatted with me about them. I didn't have my good camera yet so no good pics. But they've moved on from there, I guess, because I haven't seen them in a long time. I've heard there are some at 16th Street and Highland. I'd really love to find a flock again and get some shots. I'll check out where you mentioned.

  2. "You went west?" LOL! Yes, west central. Got a great deal on a Fannie Mae repo, paid cash for it, and decided to retire. I can walk to the light rail, and am within a mile of everything convenient for living or for managing my life.

    Funny thing, I used to live within walking distance to Los Olivos Park. It's a shame to see all of the olive trees die off. In the 1990s that park was full with lush trees.

    To be more specific, the lovebirds were in the trees lining the canal just east of 32nd Street, about 500 meters along the canal on the north side, just off Stanford Dr. But, that was a few years ago. There's a good parking space right at that intersection for walking the canal if you've haven't gone already.

    I'll check your blog for pictures.

  3. Oh, okay, west central. You scared me for a minute with talk of the west :) Lucky you to be retired, I'm jealous. And thanks for the long comment...