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Myiopsitta monachus

Monk Parakeet

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae


Myiopsitta monachus

General Lavalle, Buenos Aires, Argentina; 16 January 2010 © Christopher Wood

The Monk Parakeet is a noisy, green-and-gray parrot of open country in southern South America. It occurs from southern Bolivia and southern Brazil south through central Argentina. This species is green overall, with a gray face and breast, blue primaries and outer secondaries, and a flesh-colored bill. It occurs in dry, open habitats, including gallery forest, savanna, scrub, agricultural land, and towns and gardens and is considered a pest near human habitation. Its large stick nests house a colony of several pairs and are conspicuously placed in trees or on power poles and other man-made structures. Adults feed on seeds, nuts, fruits, and greens and, like other Psittacids, feed crop-milk to their chicks in the nest. It is commonly kept as a cage bird and introduced populations are established in many parts of the world, particularly North America and Europe.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Secondary forest
  • Foraging Strata:Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:---
  • Diet:Seeds
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  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern