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Monk Parakeets in Austin don't mind cool, rainy weather

They were brought here from South America where it was a bit warmer, which is why they're currently in their nests.

AUSTIN — Monk Parakeets aren't native to Austin, but they have been calling the city home for years.

They were brought here from South America where it was a bit warmer, which is why they're currently in their nests.

Credit: Flores, Rebecca

Executive Director of the Austin Wildlife Rescue said even though they're used to warmer weather, they're fine right now.

"Within those colonies they're doing fine," Hayley Hudnall said. "People haven't seen that they're dying off because of colder weather here than down south. Probably the most important is when they start laying their eggs in late spring."

Some people choose to keep them as a pet and that can be a 20-year commitment.