Parrot nest knocks out power to more than 2,000

A colony of Quaker Parrots, gather around their nest in Blue Island, Ill. The species of parrot originates from the temperate areas of Argentina and the surrounding counties in South America, but self sustaining feral populations occur in throughout North America. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Hundreds of people in Central Austin lost power during Monday’s rain storm, but not because of the weather.

Austin Energy says a parrot nest knocked out power to about 2,300 people in the Avenue H and Airport Boulevard areas, just east of Lamar Boulevard.

The Monk parakeets, also known as Quaker parrots, build their large nests on poles and that can affect the lines.

Crews restored the power in about an hour. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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