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Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus

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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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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/monpar