11. These wild South American birds live across the street from... the Bensenville police station?
The Wild Monk parakeet (aka Quaker Parrot) may be native to temperate South American countries such as Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina, but they’ve called the Chicagoland area home since the ‘60s. According to experts, backyard bird feeders and the birds' inherent communal nature have helped them survive the harsh Chicago winters. While you can find the birds throughout the Chicagoland area, there are a few larger colonies, such as the one across the street from the Bensenville police station.
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Lisa Marie Chatroop is one of the founders of Chicago-based lifestyle blog Daily Urbanista. Although she was born in Chicago, she’ll begrudgingly admit to spending most of her formative years in the ever-so-charming suburb of Bensenville. Say hi to her on Twitter via @Chicagoista or @DailyUrbanista.