EVERMAN -- Ask just about anyone in Everman, and they can tell you exactly where the birds are.

'We have one in this pole right here, a pretty good-sized nest,' said Michael Box, who runs Everman's Public Works Department.

But these aren't your garden-variety gulls or grackles; these are wild Quaker parrots that live in gargantuan nests. And no, they are definitely not indigenous to Tarrant County.

'They're a South American bird,' Box said.

No one is quite sure how they landed in Everman decades ago; Box has heard a rumor that the birds were a couple's pets and either were released or escaped and started multiplying. Since the last time News 8 checked in on the birds five years ago, Box said their population has doubled.

'I would say its close to 2,000 now,' he said, adding he's heard the birds also live in Grand Prairie and Dallas. The population growth doesn't seem to be of any concern to residents, according to Box.

On this Friday afternoon, the birds are incredibly active, chirping and chatting in the heat of the day. They make their incredibly large homes in electric transformers because they like the warmth. Sadly, sometimes those nests catch on fire.

An Oncor spokesman said the company then has to restore power and, in some cases, take the surviving birds to a refuge. The spokesman said Oncor's crews know about and monitor the situation in Everman.

It's almost a little jarring to see the electric green parrots perched on the power lines. But for people who live in Everman, they say they're used to it by now.

'Every morning they're noisy, but I still like it. I love it,' said Jose Ortiz, who lives across the street from one of the nests.

Neighbor David Story isn't quite as enthusiastic about the birds, only noticing them, he said, 'When my lights go out and I am without electricity for 4-5 hours.'


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