Monk Parakeets don’t know utility poles from the North Pole.
But, the popular pet has taken a liking to the tops of Austin Energy poles, making life difficult for the birds, utility workers and conservationists.
Currently, Austin Energy has a policy of removing Monk Parakeet nests from the tops of poles when work is done and the baby birds inside the nests are killed.
That move isn’t taking flight with conservationists, who are getting their feathers ruffled by the idea. Story continues below.
Cullick said crews remove a handful each year, but only to stop outages and prevent fires.
Travis Audubon Society member Jordan Price called the treatment of the Monk Parakeets, a popular pet not native to Texas, cruel and said other cities, including Dallas, have found humane ways to remove the nests.
The society is recruiting volunteers to follow Austin Energy crews and look out for the birds.
Now that the controversy has taken flight, it seems unlikely to find a landing spot soon.
While Monk Parakeets aren’t endangered, Texas is home to a variety of birds that are. Scroll through the gallery above to see which endangered birds call the Lone Star State home.